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The ancient history of the Lunsford name begins with the ancient Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. The name is derived from when the family resided beside a river. Lunsford is a topographic surname, which was given to a person who resided near a physical feature such as a hill, stream, church, or type of tree. Habitation names form the other broad category of surnames that were derived from place-names. They were derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads. Other local names are derived from the names of houses, manors, estates, regions, and entire counties.


The surname Lunsford was first found in Sussex, where they held a family seat from the Middle Ages.

Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. Changes in Anglo-Saxon names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Lunsford include Lunsford, Lunsforde, Lansforde, Lansford and others.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Lunsford research. Another 473 words (34 lines of text) covering the years 1500, 1609, 1641, 1645, 1611, 1656, 1633, 1649 and 1640 are included under the topic Early Lunsford History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


Another 42 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Lunsford Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Lunsford or a variant listed above:

Lunsford Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Sir Thomas Lunsford, who landed in Virginia in 1653

  • James Lewis "Trey" Lunsford (b. 1979), American Major League Baseball catcher who played from 2002 to 2003 for the San Francisco Giants
  • Matt Lunsford, American founder and co-owner of Polyvinyl Record Co
  • Dr. Dale A. Lunsford, American academic, 6th President of LeTourneau University in Longview, Texas (2007-)
  • Melvin T. Lunsford (b. 1950), American NFL football player who played for the New England Patriots from 1973 to 1980
  • William Bruce Lunsford (b. 1947), American Democratic nominee for U.S. Senator from Kentucky
  • Darrell Edward Lunsford Sr. (1943-1991), American constable from Houston, Texas killed on duty by his own service weapon after pulling over a vehicle; all three suspects were found and convicted for murder
  • Bascom Lamar Lunsford (1882-1973), nicknamed "Minstrel of the Appalachians," American lawyer, folklorist, and performer of traditional music from North Carolina
  • William "Bruce" Lunsford (b. 1947), American Democratic politician from Kentucky
  • Mike Lunsford, former CEO of Earthlink
  • Earl "Earthquake" Lunsford (1933-2008), American fullback for the Calgary Stampeders and a member of the Canadian Football Hall of Fame
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    Other References

    1. Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
    2. Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
    3. Shirley, Evelyn Philip. Noble and Gentle Men of England Or Notes Touching The Arms and Descendants of the Ancient Knightley and Gentle Houses of England Arranged in their Respective Counties 3rd Edition. Westminster: John Bowyer Nichols and Sons, 1866. Print.
    4. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
    5. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    6. Crispin, M. Jackson and Leonce Mary. Falaise Roll Recording Prominent Companions of William Duke of Normandy at the Conquest of England. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    7. Bede, The Venerable. Historia Ecclesiatica Gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History Of the English People). Available through Internet Medieval Sourcebook the Fordham University Centre for Medieval Studies. Print.
    8. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
    9. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
    10. Innes, Thomas and Learney. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland 1st Edition. Edinburgh: W & A. K. Johnston Limited, 1938. Print.
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    The Lunsford Family Crest was acquired from the archives. The Lunsford Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

    This page was last modified on 18 April 2016 at 13:45.

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