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Lunsford History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms



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.

Early Origins of the Lunsford family


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

Early History of the Lunsford family


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Lunsford research.
Another 470 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.

Lunsford Spelling Variations


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.

Early Notables of the Lunsford family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the Lunsford family to Ireland


Some of the Lunsford family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Lunsford family to the New World and Oceana


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 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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)

Lunsford Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Belle Lunsford, aged 35, who arrived in New York in 1905 aboard the ship "Silvia" from St. John's, Newfoundland [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JFW9-42F : 6 December 2014), Belle Lunsford, 11 Aug 1905; citing departure port St. John's, Newfoundland, arrival port New York, ship name Silvia, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  • Mrs R.E. Lunsford, who arrived in New York in 1910 aboard the ship "La Provence" from Havre, France [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JJ6N-GYS : 6 December 2014), Mrs R.E. Lunsford, 04 Sep 1910; citing departure port Havre, arrival port New York, ship name La Provence, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  • C. Julian Lunsford, aged 33, who arrived in New York in 1922 aboard the ship "Homeric" from Southampton, England [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JNGM-HZZ : 6 December 2014), C. Julian Lunsford, 17 Aug 1922; citing departure port Southampton, arrival port New York, ship name Homeric, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).

Contemporary Notables of the name Lunsford (post 1700)


  • Mike Lunsford, American businessman, chief executive officer of SK Planet, Inc, former CEO of Earthlink
  • Melvin T. "Mel" 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 (2008)
  • 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-)
  • 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
  • Earl "Earthquake" Lunsford (1933-2008), American fullback for the Calgary Stampeders and a member of the Canadian Football Hall of Fame
  • Stephen Lunsford (b. 1989), American actor
  • ... (Another 7 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Citations


  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)
  2. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JFW9-42F : 6 December 2014), Belle Lunsford, 11 Aug 1905; citing departure port St. John's, Newfoundland, arrival port New York, ship name Silvia, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  3. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JJ6N-GYS : 6 December 2014), Mrs R.E. Lunsford, 04 Sep 1910; citing departure port Havre, arrival port New York, ship name La Provence, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  4. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JNGM-HZZ : 6 December 2014), C. Julian Lunsford, 17 Aug 1922; citing departure port Southampton, arrival port New York, ship name Homeric, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).

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