Lunan History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Lunan has a long Anglo-Saxon heritage. The name comes from when a family lived in an area that was referred to as the laund, which was Old Norman word meaning the open space in a forest or the lawn. There were a number of locations in England with this topograghic place-name including Yorkshire and Lancashire.

Early Origins of the Lunan family

The surname Lunan was first found in Yorkshire at Lund, a village and civil parish in the East Riding of Yorkshire in the union of Beverley, Bainton-Beacon division of the wapentake of Harthill. There is also a Lund in Lancashire in the parish of Kirkham, union of the Fylde, hundred of Amounderness but this parish was constituted in 1840.

Early History of the Lunan family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Lunan research. Another 83 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 118 and 1183 are included under the topic Early Lunan History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Lunan Spelling Variations

Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Lunan have been found, including Lund, Lun, Lunn, Lwn, Lunt and others.

Early Notables of the Lunan family (pre 1700)

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Ireland Migration of the Lunan family to Ireland

Some of the Lunan family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 57 words (4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Lunan migration to the United States +

Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America bore the name Lunan, or a variant listed above:

Lunan Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Patrick Lunan, who arrived in Virginia in 1760 [1]
Lunan Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Wm. Lunan, aged 66, who immigrated to America from Arbroath, in 1904
  • William Lunan, aged 29, who landed in America from West Bromwich, England, in 1905
  • Ethel Lunan, aged 4, who landed in America from West Bromwich, England, in 1905
  • Harold Lunan, aged 5, who settled in America from West Bromwich, England, in 1905
  • Louisa Lunan, aged 33, who landed in America from West Bromwich, England, in 1905
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Lunan (post 1700) +

  • Daniel Lunan, English semi-professional football defender from Farnborough
  • David Ward Lunan, English-born, Scottish Church of Scotland minister, Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland (2008-2009)
  • Duncan Alasdair Lunan (b. 1945), Scottish author


  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)


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