McCune History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Hundreds of years ago, the Gaelic name used by the McCune family in Ireland was Mac Eogain in Connacht, and Mac Eoin in east Ulster. Both of these names connote a "son of John," or "son of Owen." [1]

Early Origins of the McCune family

The surname McCune was first found in County Sligo (Irish: Sligeach), in the province of Connacht in Northwestern Ireland, where the first people to use this surname are thought to have originated. Soon thereafter, the name was also found in neighboring Leitrim.

Early History of the McCune family

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McCune Spelling Variations

Before widespread literacy came to Ireland, a name was often recorded under several different variations during the life of its bearer. Accordingly, numerous spelling variations were revealed in the search for the origin of the name McCune family name. Variations found include Keon, MacKeon, MacKeown, MacKewan, MacKoun, MacWing, Hone, MacOwen, Mageown and many more.

Early Notables of the McCune family (pre 1700)

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McCune Ranking

In the United States, the name McCune is the 3,947th most popular surname with an estimated 7,461 people with that name. [2]

United States McCune migration to the United States +

Thousands of Irish families left for North American shores in the 19th century. These people were searching for a life unencumbered with poverty, hunger, and racial discrimination. Many arrived to eventually find such conditions, but many others simply did not arrive: victims of the diseased, overcrowded ships in which they traveled to the New World. Those who lived to see North American shores were instrumental in the development of the growing nations of Canada and the United States. A thorough examination of passenger and immigration lists has disclosed evidence of many early immigrants of the name McCune:

McCune Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Isaac McCune, who landed in New England in 1732 [3]
  • William McCune, who landed in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania in 1799 [3]
McCune Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Clement McCune, who landed in America in 1801 [3]
  • Robert McCune, who landed in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania in 1803 [3]
  • Joseph K McCune, who arrived in Washington County, Pennsylvania in 1804 [3]
  • Henry McCune, who arrived in Maryland in 1814 [3]
  • James McCune, who arrived in Texas in 1835 [3]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
McCune Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Bella McCune, aged 21, who landed in America from Derry, in 1903
  • Eliza McCune, aged 28, who immigrated to the United States from Armagh, Ireland, in 1904
  • W. J. McCune, who landed in America, in 1904
  • Wm. F. McCune, aged 54, who landed in America, in 1906
  • William McCune, aged 42, who landed in America from Ireland, in 1906
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

New Zealand McCune 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:

McCune Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. David Mccune, (b. 1838), aged 20, British labourer travelling from Gravesend aboard the ship "Indiana" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 28th November 1858 [4]

Contemporary Notables of the name McCune (post 1700) +

  • Sara Miller McCune (b. 1941), American co-founder and Chair of SAGE Publications
  • Grant McCune (1943-2010), American special effects designer
  • Adam McCune (b. 1985), American novelist
  • Keith Michael McCune (b. 1955), American linguist, novelist, and translator
  • Rolland D. McCune (b. 1934), American theologian, professor at the Detroit Baptist Theological Seminary
  • Robert McCune (b. 1979), American football player
  • John J. McCune (1919-2001), American Republican politician, Served in the U.S. Navy during World War II; Lawyer; Member of Michigan State House of Representatives from Ingham County 2nd District, 1953-56 [5]
  • H. L. McCune Sr., American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Texas, 1928 (alternate), 1936, 1940, 1944, 1948 [5]
  • Don C. McCune, American politician, Mayor of Salina, Kansas, 1959-60 [5]
  • Craig Alan McCune, American Libertarian politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Wyoming at-large, 1988, 1992; Candidate for U.S. Senator from Wyoming, 1994 [5]
  • ... (Another 13 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

  1. ^ Moore, A.W., Manx Names. London: Elliot Stock, 62 Paternoster Row, 1906. Print
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  3. ^ 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)
  4. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from
  5. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 9) . Retrieved from on Facebook
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