Clune History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The surname Clune is the anglicized version of the Irish name O Cluanain, which is from the Irish "cluana" meaning either "deceitful" or "flattering" or "rogue." This surname was also derived from Mc Cluin, which comes from the Irirsh Gaelic "glun," meaning "knee."

Early Origins of the Clune family

The surname Clune was first found in County Galway (Irish: Gaillimh) part of the province of Connacht, located on the west coast of the Island.

Early History of the Clune family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Clune research. Another 41 words (3 lines of text) covering the year 1890 is included under the topic Early Clune History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Clune Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Cloonan, Clunan, O'Cloonan, O'Clunan, O Cluanain, Cloun and many more.

Early Notables of the Clune family (pre 1700)

More information is included under the topic Early Clune Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Clune migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Clune Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Bartholomew, John, and Joseph Clune, who arrived in Philadelphia between 1858 and 1868

Canada Clune migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Clune Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Ned Clune, aged 16 who immigrated to Canada, arriving at the Grosse Isle Quarantine Station in Quebec aboard the ship "George" departing from the port of Liverpool, England but died on Grosse Isle in June 1847 [1]
  • Mr. Thomas Clune, aged 21 who immigrated to Canada, arriving at the Grosse Isle Quarantine Station in Quebec aboard the ship "Naomi" departing from the port of Liverpool, England but died on Grosse Isle in September 1847 [1]
  • Mr. William Clune, aged 10 who immigrated to Canada, arriving at the Grosse Isle Quarantine Station in Quebec aboard the ship "Rankin" departing from the port of Liverpool, England but died on Grosse Isle in June 1847 [1]
  • Miss. Ellen Clune, aged 1 who was emigrating through Grosse Isle Quarantine Station, Quebec aboard the ship "Agnes" departing 10th April 1847 from Cork, Ireland; the ship arrived on 10th June 1847 but she died on board [2]

Australia Clune migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Clune Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Biddy Clune, aged 23, a farm servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1852 aboard the ship "Sibella" [3]
  • Patrick Clune, aged 28, who arrived in South Australia in 1857 aboard the ship "Caucasian" [4]

New Zealand Clune migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Clune Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Conor Clune, aged 32, a labourer, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Maori" in 1864
  • Sarah Clune, aged 22, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Maori" in 1864
  • Maria Clune, aged 6 mths., who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Maori" in 1864
  • Miss Mary Clune, (b. 1858), aged 21, British settler travelling from Plymouth aboard the ship "Stad Haarlem" arriving in Wellington, New Zealand in 1879 [5]

Contemporary Notables of the name Clune (post 1700) +

  • Colonel John J. Clune (1932-1992), American Director of Athletics at the United States Air Force Academy (1975-1991)
  • Donald Andrew "Don" Clune (b. 1952), former American NFL football wide receiver
  • Michael Clune, American politician, Member of New York American Labor Party Executive Committee, 1945; American Labor Candidate for U.S. Representative from New York 43rd District, 1950 [6]
  • John H. Clune, American Democrat politician, Postmaster at Springfield, Massachusetts, 1894-98; Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Massachusetts, 1912 [6]
  • Deirdre Clune (b. 1959), Irish Fine Gael politician
  • Patrick Joseph Clune DD CSsR (1864-1935), Irish-born, Australian bishop, the fourth Roman Catholic Bishop of Perth and first Archbishop of Perth
  • Francis Patrick Clune OBE (1893-1971), Australian author, travel writer and historian
  • Richard Clune (b. 1987), Canadian NHL ice hockey left winger for the Nashville Predators from Toronto
  • Jackie Clune (b. 1965), British entertainer and writer


  1. ^ Charbonneau, André, and Doris Drolet-Dubé. A Register of Deceased Persons at Sea and on Grosse Île in 1847. The Minister of Canadian Heritage, 1997. ISBN: 0-660-198/1-1997E (p. 19)
  2. ^ Charbonneau, André, and Doris Drolet-Dubé. A Register of Deceased Persons at Sea and on Grosse Île in 1847. The Minister of Canadian Heritage, 1997. ISBN: 0-660-198/1-1997E (p. 69)
  3. ^ South Australian Register Tuesday 3 February 1852. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) SIBELLA 1852. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/sibella1852.shtml.
  4. ^ South Australian Register Tuesday 26 April 1853. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Caucasian 1857. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/caucasian1857.shtml
  5. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  6. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 15) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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