Tune History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The surname Tune is of Anglo-Saxon origin. It is derived from the Old English "tun," which originally meant "fence" or "enclosure," but soon came to mean "enclosure round a house," "homestead," "village," or "town." The name was originally preceded by a preposition, and referred to "one who lived in or at the village or town."

Early Origins of the Tune family

The surname Tune was first found in Suffolk. The written history of the name dates back as far as 1095, when Wistric Oftun was recorded in the records of the abbey at Bury St. Edmunds. Variations on the surname, such as Abothetoune, atte Tun, and Douninthetune, could also be found in this region at an early date.

Early History of the Tune family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Tune research. Another 109 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1095, 1275, 1327, 1524, 1583, 1650, 1739, 1816, 1621, 1692, 1640 and 1692 are included under the topic Early Tune History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Tune Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Town, Tune, Toune, Towne, Townes, Towns, Tone, Toon and many more.

Early Notables of the Tune family (pre 1700)

Notables of the family at this time include John Towne (c.1583), a British actor, Robert Towne (c.1650), a religious writer, and Francis Towne (1739-1816), a well-known British watercolor painter of landscapes. Rebecca Towne Nurse (or Nourse) (1621-1692) (née Towne)...
Another 39 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Tune Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Tune migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Tune Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • John Tune, who arrived in Virginia in 1663 [1]
  • James Tune, who settled in Virginia in 1673
Tune Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • William Tune, who settled in Maryland in 1775
  • William Tune, aged 17, settled in Maryland in 1775

Canada Tune migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Tune Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Robert Tune, who was living in Ontario in 1871

Australia Tune migration to Australia +

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

Tune Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Richard Tune, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Surrey" in 1838 [2]
  • Stephen Tune, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Surrey" in 1838 [2]

Contemporary Notables of the name Tune (post 1700) +

  • Thomas James "Tommy" Tune (b. 1939), American nine-time Tony Award winning actor, dancer, singer, theatre director, producer, and choreographer, awarded the National Medal of Arts
  • Ben Tune (b. 1976), Australian rugby union player


  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. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) SURRY/SURREY 1838. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1838Surry-Surrey.htm


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