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ˈdʌn bɑr for 1 ; dʌnˈbɑr for 2, 3dun·bar

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  1. Dunbarnoun

    A town in East Lothian, Scotland.

    1965 uE000169759uE001 In reply he sent Wilfrid to his town of Dunbar under the supervision of a sheriff called Tydlin whom he knew to be more cruel. uE000169760uE001 Eddius Stephanus, Life of Wilfrid, Page 107, 12 century. Translated from Latin by J. F. Webb.

  2. Etymology: dun + bar or possibly from the name Bar or Barr, a follower of Kenneth, a captain of the Scots.


  1. Dunbar

    Dunbar ( (listen)) is a town on the North Sea coast in East Lothian in the south-east of Scotland, approximately 30 miles (50 kilometres) east of Edinburgh and 30 mi (50 km) from the English border north of Berwick-upon-Tweed. Dunbar is a former royal burgh, and gave its name to an ecclesiastical and civil parish. The parish extends around 7+3⁄4 miles (12 km) east to west and is 3+1⁄2 miles (6 km) deep at its greatest extent, or 11+1⁄4 sq mi (29 km2), and contains the villages of West Barns, Belhaven, and East Barns (abandoned) and several hamlets and farms. The town is served by Dunbar railway station with links to Edinburgh and the rest of Scotland, as well as London and stations along the north-east England corridor. Dunbar has a harbour dating from 1574 and is home to the Dunbar Lifeboat Station, the second-oldest RNLI station in Scotland. Dunbar is the birthplace of the explorer, naturalist, and influential conservationist John Muir. The house in which Muir was born is located on the High Street, and has been converted into a museum. There is also a commemorative statue beside the town clock, and John Muir Country Park is located to the north-west of the town. The eastern section of the John Muir Way coastal path starts from the harbour. One of the two campuses to Dunbar Primary School: John Muir Campus, is named in his honour. A sculpture, The DunBear, the focal point of the DunBear Park mixed-use development, was erected as a tribute to John Muir and his role in the establishment of National Parks in the USA.


  1. Dunbar

    Dunbar is a town in East Lothian on the southeast coast of Scotland, approximately 28 miles east of Edinburgh and 28 miles from the English Border at Berwick-upon-Tweed. Dunbar is a former Royal Burgh and gave its name to an ecclesiastical and civil parish. The parish extends around 7½ miles east to west and is 3½ miles deep at greatest extent or 11¼ square miles and contains the villages of West Barns, Belhaven, East Barns and several hamlets and farms. Its strategic position gave rise to a history full of incident and strife but Dunbar has become a quiet dormitory town popular with workers in nearby Edinburgh, who find it an affordable alternative to the capital itself. Until the 1960s the population of the town was little more than 3,500. The town is served by Dunbar railway station. Dunbar is home to the Dunbar Lifeboat Station, the second oldest RNLI station in Scotland.

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Dunbar

    an ancient seaport and town of Haddingtonshire, on the coast of the Forth, 29 m. E. of Edinburgh; is a fishing station, and manufactures agricultural implements and paper; was, with its castle, which has stood many a siege, a place of importance in early Scottish history; near it Cromwell beat the Scots under Leslie on September 3, 1650.

  2. Dunbar

    William, a Scottish poet, entered the Franciscan order and became an itinerant preaching friar, in which capacity he wandered over the length and breadth of the land, enjoying good cheer by the way; was some time in the service of James IV., and wrote a poem, his most famous piece, entitled "The Thistle and the Rose," on the occasion of the King's marriage with the Princess Margaret Tudor, daughter of Henry VII. His poems were of three classes—allegoric, moral, and comic, the most remarkable being "The Dance," in which he describes the procession of the seven deadly sins in the infernal regions. Scott says he "was a poet unrivalled by any that Scotland has produced" (1480-1520).

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. dunbar

    A seaport town of Scotland, in Haddingtonshire, at the mouth of the Frith of Forth. On the high rocks at the entrance to the new harbor are a few fragments of the ruins of an old castle, which was once very strong, and an important security against English invasions. Edward I. took it, and Edward II. fled thither after the battle of Bannockburn; it was demolished in 1333, and rebuilt in 1336; it was successfully defended in a siege of six weeks against the Earl of Salisbury by Black Agnes, countess of Dunbar, in 1338; it sheltered Queen Mary and Bothwell in 1567; and in the same year it was destroyed by the regent Murray. In 1650, Cromwell, at the “Race of Dunbar,” defeated the Scottish army under Leslie.

Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Dunbar is ranked #1335 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Dunbar surname appeared 26,405 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 9 would have the surname Dunbar.

    64.2% or 16,957 total occurrences were White.
    30.1% or 7,948 total occurrences were Black.
    2.3% or 631 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    2.2% or 605 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    0.6% or 158 total occurrences were Asian.
    0.3% or 103 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Dunbar in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Dunbar in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of Dunbar in a Sentence

  1. Forrest Dunbar:

    For Forrest Dunbar and most Jews, seeing the yellow Star of David on someone's chest elicits the same feeling as seeing a swastika on a flag or the SS insignia on a uniform, it is a symbol of hate that reminds us Jews of the terror and horror we suffered. I believe it is a constitutional right to protest for your values. But I request that you do not use symbols that diminish the 6 million Jews who were murdered during the Holocaust and the survivors who would like their children not to know the nightmare they endured.

  2. Julian Tackett:

    The absolute worst part of my job is getting a call like I received Wednesday night with the sudden loss of this young man, our thoughts and prayers go out to his entire family, the Paul Laurence Dunbar and Fayette County school community, and all those who valiantly tried to save this young man following his incident.

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