Tunnock History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Tunnock family

The surname Tunnock 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 Tunnock family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Tunnock research. Another 200 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1160, 1400, 1414, 1421, 1663, 1600 and 1603 are included under the topic Early Tunnock History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Tunnock Spelling Variations

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

Early Notables of the Tunnock family (pre 1700)

More information is included under the topic Early Tunnock Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Tunnock migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Tunnock Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Archibald Tunnock, aged 38, originally from Uddingston, arrived in New York in 1906 aboard the ship "Campania" from Liverpool, England [4]
  • William Stuart Tunnock, aged 34, originally from Prescot, England, arrived in New York in 1915 aboard the ship "Saint Louis" from Liverpool, England [5]
  • William Tunnock, aged 42, originally from St.Helens, England, arrived in New York in 1920 aboard the ship "Vasari" from Liverpool, England [6]
  • William Stuart Tunnock, aged 46, originally from St Helens, England, arrived in New York in 1923 aboard the ship "Aquitania" from Southampton, England [7]

Contemporary Notables of the name Tunnock (post 1700) +

  • Boyd Tunnock C.B.E., Scottish managing director of Tunnock's, grandson of Thomas Tunnock
  • Thomas Tunnock (b. 1865), Scottish founder of the bakery company Tunnock's in 1890


  1. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  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. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JF88-WMX : 6 December 2014), Archibald Tunnock, 11 Aug 1906; citing departure port Liverpool, arrival port New York, ship name Campania, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  5. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JJWT-FYD : 6 December 2014), William Stuart Tunnock, 11 Nov 1915; citing departure port Liverpool, arrival port New York, ship name Saint Louis, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  6. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J686-RZP : 6 December 2014), William Tunnock, 03 May 1920; citing departure port Liverpool, arrival port New York, ship name Vasari, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  7. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JN78-X2N : 6 December 2014), William Stuart Tunnock, 09 Nov 1923; citing departure port Southampton, arrival port New York, ship name Aquitania, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).


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