Lunday History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Lunday first arose amongst the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. It is derived from their having 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 Lunday family

The surname Lunday 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 Lunday family

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

Lunday Spelling Variations

One relatively recent invention that did much to standardize English spelling was the printing press. However, before its invention even the most literate people recorded their names according to sound rather than spelling. The spelling variations under which the name Lunday has appeared include Lund, Lun, Lunn, Lwn, Lunt and others.

Early Notables of the Lunday family (pre 1700)

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

Ireland Migration of the Lunday family to Ireland

Some of the Lunday 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 Lunday migration to the United States +

At this time, the shores of the New World beckoned many English families that felt that the social climate in England was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. Thousands left England at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. A great portion of these settlers never survived the journey and even a greater number arrived sick, starving, and without a penny. The survivors, however, were often greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. These English settlers made significant contributions to those colonies that would eventually become the United States and Canada. An examination of early immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name Lunday arrived in North America very early:

Lunday Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Hugh Lunday, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1840 [1]

Contemporary Notables of the name Lunday (post 1700) +

  • David Lunday, American director and actor, known for The Maestro (2016)
  • Russel Lunday (b. 1939), American actor from Billings, Montana, known for his roles in Jerry Maguire (1996), Say Anything... (1989) and Quantum Leap (1989)
  • James Lunday, American actor, known for Ugliest House on the Block (2008), HGTV Showdown (2008) and In a Fix (2004)
  • Brian J. Lunday, American Associate Professor of Operations Research, Air Force Institute of Technology
  • Ed Lunday, American homesteader and first postmaster in what would later become known as Cleora, Oklahoma, founded in 1900, named after his sister Cleora Ann Lunday
  • Lewis Kenneth "Kayo" Lunday (1912-2005), American football offensive lineman for the New York Giants from Cleora, Oklahoma (1937–1941, 1946–1947)
  • McLin Lunday (1792-1834), American politician, Member of Georgia State House of Representatives, 1834


  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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