When Ellis R Cunningham was born in 1907, in Illinois, United States, his father, Arthur Jackson Cunningham, was 23 and his mother, Mary E Robinson, was 23. He lived in Linder Township, Greene, Illinois, United States for about 10 years and Carrollton, Greene, Illinois, United States in 1930. He died in 1938, at the age of 31, and was buried in Roodhouse, Greene, Illinois, United States.
Scottish: habitational name from the province of Cunningham in Ayrshire, first recorded in 1153 in the form Cunegan, a Celtic name of uncertain origin. The spellings in -ham, first recorded in 1180, and in -ynghame, first recorded in 1227, represent a gradual assimilation to the English placename element -ingham.
Irish: surname adopted from Gaelic Ó Cuinneagáin ‘descendant of Cuinneagán’, a personal name from a double diminutive of the Old Irish personal name Conn meaning ‘leader, chief’. This name is also adopted for Ó Connacháin, a variant of Ó Connagáin ‘descendant of Connagán’, from a diminutive of the personal name Conn.
History: A family of this name (see 1 above) can be traced back to Wernebald de Cunynghame, who was granted the manor of Cunningham by Hugh de Morville in the early 12th century.