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Clunas Surname History



Clunas was first used as a surname by descendants of the Pictish people of ancient Scotland. The ancestors of the Clunas family 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


Repeated and inaccurate translation of Scottish names from Gaelic to English and back resulted in a wide variety of spelling variations with single names. Clunas has appeared 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


Many Scottish families suffered enormous hardships and were compelled to leave their country of birth. They traveled to Ireland and Australia, but mostly to the colonies of North America, where many found the freedom and opportunity they sought. It was not without a fight, though, as many were forced to stand up and defend their freedom in the American War of Independence. The ancestors of these Scots abroad have rediscovered their heritage in the last century through the Clan societies and other organizations that have sprung up across North America. Immigration and passenger ship lists show some important early immigrants bearing the name 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

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