Lunt History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Lunt name has descended through the generations from the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture. Their name comes from 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 Lunt family

The surname Lunt 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 Lunt family

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

Lunt Spelling Variations

Only recently has spelling become standardized in the English language. As the English language evolved in the Middle Ages, the spelling of names changed also. The name Lunt has undergone many spelling variations, including Lund, Lun, Lunn, Lwn, Lunt and others.

Early Notables of the Lunt family (pre 1700)

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Ireland Migration of the Lunt family to Ireland

Some of the Lunt 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 Lunt migration to the United States +

To escape the unstable social climate in England of this time, many families boarded ships for the New World with the hope of finding land, opportunity, and greater religious and political freedom. Although the voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, those families that arrived often found greater opportunities and freedoms than they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Lunt were among those contributors:

Lunt Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Henry Lunt, who settled in Massachusetts in 1633
  • Henry Lunt, who arrived in America in 1633 [1]
Lunt Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Edward and Elizabeth Lunt, who settled in Virginia in 1700
  • John Lunt, who landed in New England in 1747 [1]
  • Hannah Lunt, who settled in Boston in 1768
Lunt Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Joseph Lunt, aged 23, who arrived in Maine in 1812 [1]
  • Thomas Lunt, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1834 [1]
  • W J Lunt, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851 [1]
  • Captain Lunt, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851 [1]

Australia Lunt migration to Australia +

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

Lunt Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Samuel Lunt, (b. 1814), aged 20, English convict who was convicted in Chester, Cheshire, England for life for highway robbery, transported aboard the "Bengal Merchant" on 27th September 1834, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [2]

New Zealand Lunt 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:

Lunt Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Miss Amy Lunt, (b. 1864), aged 6 months, British settler travelling from Gravesend, UK aboard the ship "British Empire" arriving in Lyttelton, South Island, New Zealand on 6th September 1864 [3]
  • Mr. Thomas Lunt, (b. 1832), aged 32, British blacksmith travelling from Gravesend, UK aboard the ship "British Empire" arriving in Lyttelton, South Island, New Zealand on 6th September 1864 [3]
  • Mrs. Ann Lunt, (b. 1835), aged 29, British settler travelling from Gravesend, UK aboard the ship "British Empire" arriving in Lyttelton, South Island, New Zealand on 6th September 1864 [3]
  • Miss Jane Lunt, (b. 1855), aged 9, British settler travelling from Gravesend, UK aboard the ship "British Empire" arriving in Lyttelton, South Island, New Zealand on 6th September 1864 [3]
  • Mr. Edwin Lunt, (b. 1859), aged 5, British settler travelling from Gravesend, UK aboard the ship "British Empire" arriving in Lyttelton, South Island, New Zealand on 6th September 1864 [3]

Contemporary Notables of the name Lunt (post 1700) +

  • Alfred Lunt (1892-1977), American actor and recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom
  • Wilson Lunt, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Utah, 1952
  • Wilbur F. Lunt, American politician, U.S. Attorney for Maine, 1878-85
  • Horace Gray Lunt (b. 1847), American Republican politician, District Judge in Colorado 4th District, 1895-99
  • George Lunt, American Democrat politician, U.S. Attorney for Massachusetts, 1850-53; Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Massachusetts, 1864
  • Alfred E. Lunt, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Massachusetts, 1912
  • A. J. Lunt, American politician, Mayor of Racine, Wisconsin, 1921-23
  • George Lunt (1803-1885), American editor, lawyer, author, and politician
  • Horace Gray Lunt (1918-2010), American linguist
  • The Rt Rev Geoffrey Charles Lester Lunt (1885-1948), English eminent Anglican priest
  • ... (Another 4 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)


  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. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 7th October 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/bengal-merchant
  3. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html


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