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Where did the English Tune family come from? What is the English Tune family crest and coat of arms? When did the Tune family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Tune family history?

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."

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

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.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Tune research. Another 217 words(16 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.

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Another 139 words(10 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Tune Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Tune Settlers in United States in the 17th Century


  • Jno Tune, who arrived in Virginia in 1663
  • James Tune, who settled in Virginia in 1673

Tune Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • William Tune, who came to Maryland in 1775
  • William Tune, aged 17, settled in Maryland in 1775

Tune Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century


  • Robert Tune, who was living in Ontario in 1871

Tune Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century


  • Richard Tune arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Surrey" in 1838
  • Stephen Tune arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Surrey" in 1838

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  • 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


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The Tune Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Tune 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 10 April 2015 at 14:46.

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