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A family in the Pictish tribe of ancient Scotland was the first to use the name Clunas. They lived in the lands of Clunie in Stormmot, Perthshire where the name can be found since very early times.

Clunas Early Origins



The surname Clunas was first found in Perthshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Pheairt) former county in the present day Council Area of Perth and Kinross, located in central Scotland, where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.

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Clunas Early History


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Clunas Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Clunas research. Another 149 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1214 and 1296 are included under the topic Early Clunas History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Clunas Spelling Variations


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Clunas Spelling Variations



In medieval Scotland, names were more often spelled according to sound than any regular set of rules. An enormous number of spelling variations were the result. Over the years, the name Clunas has been spelled Clunie, Clooney, Cloon, Cloone, Clowney, Clune, Cluney, Clunis and many more.

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Clunas Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Clunas Early Notables (pre 1700)



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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



In such difficult times, Ireland, Australia, and North America looked like better homes for many Scots. The trips were expensive and grueling, but also rewarding, as the colonies were havens for those unwelcome in the old country. That legacy did not die easily, though, and many were forced to fight for their freedom in the American War of Independence. The Scottish legacy has resurface in more recent times, though, through Clan societies, highland games, and other organizations. Immigration and passenger lists have shown many early immigrants bearing the old Scottish name of Clunas: Michael Clunie who settled in Philadelphia in 1810; Daniel Cluney settled in Philadelphia in 1866; Thomas arrived in Philadelphia in 1868; Bartholomew, John, and Joseph Clune arrived in Philadelphia between 1858 and 1868..

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Contemporary Notables of the name Clunas (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Clunas (post 1700)



  • William "Billy" Clunas (1899-1967), Scottish footballer who played for Sunderland and the Scottish national team
  • Craig Clunas (b. 1954), Scottish Professor of History of Art at the University of Oxford, an authority on the Ming Dynasty
  • Laura Clunas (d. 1936), English artist and wife of Harry Fidler, the British painter

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