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.
Early Origins of the Clunas family
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.
Early History of the Clunas family
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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.
Early Notables of the Clunas family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Clunas family to the New World and Oceana
In such difficult times, Ireland
, 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..
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