This unusual name is of Norse-Viking origin from the pre 10th century. 'Lunt, Lund, and Lound' are primarily locational surnames from one of the various places so, which occur in different parts of the North and East Anglia. They all derive their names from the Old Norse word "hundr", or the Old Swedish "lunder", meaning a grove or a copse. There is a village called "Lunt" in Lancashire, whilst places called 'Lunds' are recorded both in Lancashire and Yorkshire, two regions which were the centre of the 'Viking' invasions are future settlements in the 8th and 9th centuries a.d. The Coat of Arms has the blazon of a gyronny of eight silver and blue, a black border engrailed charged with as many plates. Examples of the surname recording include Geoffrey de Lund of Norfolk in the year 1230, John del Lound of Suffolk in 1327, and John Lunt, also of Suffolk in 1524. In 1568 the will of one Gilbert Lunt of Litherand was recorded at the Chester Wills registry. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Ralph de la Lunde, which was dated 1183, in the Yorkshire Pipe Rolls, during the reign of King Henry 11, known as "The Builder of Churches", 1154 - 1189. Surnames became necessary when governments introduced personal taxation. In England this was known as Poll Tax. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.
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