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Early Origins of the Tunney family

The surname Tunney was first found in Northumberland where the first record of the family was listed as John filius Tunnoc in 1106 in Hodgson's History of Northumberland. The family "remains as Tunnock in that district still." [1] Hodgson's History of Northumberland also lists William filius Tunnok as residing there in 1250.

Further to the north in the same era, "William Tunnoc witnessed a charter by William de Horuirden to the Abbey of Kelso between 1160-1200, and c. 1237 Adam Tunnoc witnessed a charter of resignation of land in Kelso. " [2]

Other early records of the family include: Gilbertus filius Tunny listed in 1219 in the Assize Rolls of Yorkshire; Simon Tunnie, listed in 1327 in the Assize Rolls of Staffordshire; and an Alan filius Tunnoc listed in the 12th century in the Feodarium Prioratus Dunelmensis. [3]

Early History of the Tunney family

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Tunney Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Tunock, Tunnoch, Tunno, Tunna, Tunnock, Tunnoc and many more.

Early Notables of the Tunney family

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Tunney Ranking

In the United States, the name Tunney is the 17,100th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [4]

United States Tunney migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Tunney Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Daniel Tunney, who settled in Pennsylvania in 1740
  • Philip Tunney, who arrived in America in 1796 [5]
Tunney Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Michael Tunney, who landed in America in 1864 [5]
  • John Tunney, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1878 [5]
  • John W Tunney, who arrived in Washington County, Pennsylvania in 1887 [5]

Canada Tunney migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Tunney Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Mary Tunney, aged 24, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1834 aboard the ship "Britannia" from Sligo, Ireland

Contemporary Notables of the name Tunney (post 1700) +

  • Polly Lauder Tunney (1907-2008), born Mary Josephine Lauder, an American philanthropist and Connecticut socialite, great grand niece of Andrew Carnegie, mother of John Varick Tunney
  • Jim Tunney (b. 1929), former American NFL football official who officiated from 1960 to 1990
  • Robin Tunney (b. 1972), American stage and screen actress, best known for her role as Teresa Lisbon in the television series The Mentalist (2008-)
  • James Jospeh "Gene" Tunney (1897-1978), American boxer and the World Heavyweight Champion from 1926-1928; he defeated Jack Dempsey twice and one of the bouts is known as The Long Count Fight
  • John Varick Tunney (1934-2018), American politician, United States Senator from California (1971-1977), Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from California (1965-1971)
  • James Tunney, Australian landowner in the 1880s, eponym of Tunney, Western Australia
  • Rebecca Tunney (b. 1996), British artistic three-time gold and two-time silver medalist gymnast and 2012 Olympian
  • Paddy Tunney (1921-2002), Irish traditional singer, poet and writer
  • Jim Tunney (1923-2002), Irish Fianna Fáil politician, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Education in 1973, Lord Mayor of Dublin (1984-1985)
  • James Tunney (1892-1964), Irish Labour Party politician
  • ... (Another 4 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

HMS Prince of Wales
  • Mr. Francis Tunney, British Stoker 2nd Class, who sailed into battle on the HMS Prince of Wales (1941) and survived the sinking [6]

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  2. Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)
  3. Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  4. "What are the 5,000 Most Common Last Names in the U.S.?".,
  5. 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)
  6. HMS Prince of Wales Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from on Facebook