Recorded as Lund, Lune, Lunn, Lone, Lound, Lunt, Lunne, this is an English also recorded in Ireland and Scotland. It derives from the pre 7th century Scandanavian-Viking word lundr and literaly means 'one who lived in or by a wood or grove''. In some cases it is locational from places such as Lund in Lancashire, as well as in both East and West Yorkshire, Lunt also in Lancashire, and Lound in Lincolnshire, Nottinghamshire and Suffolk. Locational surnames are usually "from" names. That is to say surnames given to people after they moved from their original homes to somewhere else. In so doing they took or were given as their surname the name of their former village. Spelling being at best erratic and local dialects very thick, often as with this name lead to a variety of spellings. One Henry Lunne is listed in the Register of the University of Oxford in 1581, and Mary Lunn was married to Giles Allington at St. Mary Aldermary in London on the 29th May 1687. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Ralph de la Lunde, which was dated 1183, The Yorkshire Pipe Rolls, during the reign of King Henry II, 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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