Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Whence Lunt?

Origins are always of interest. In this case, we can ask two questions: from where did Henry come and did the Lunt name arise?

Earlier, we pointed to the Great Migration pages on Henry and Ann. In particular, the book was titled: The Great Migration, Immigrants to New England, 1634-1635, Volume IV, I-L. One reason for using this book is that it can be considered, somewhat, the latest definitive answer having been written by an experienced genealogical team.

So, let's review a few items from the book.

  • Origin is said to be unknown, but they did board the Mary & John at Southhampton. 
  • Education is not known. Henry did have some books and signed his deeds. 
  • Birth as estimated to be about 1614, but it's not considered proven that he was a son of Thomas of South Marston. 
  • Mention of the look at Lunts by Walter Goodwin Davis, a descendant (Robinson). 
  • Ann married Joseph Hills after Henry died (we'll look at that later).
Great migration sketch for Henry:


Lunt's origin is unknown. Some say that it is Scandinavian in origin, a variant of Lundt (from the grove). Others point to an Anglo-Saxon origin, namely Laund (open space in a forest). Another source mentions that there was a family seat in Yorkshire that goes back before the Norman conquest.


There is a Lunt family center in the UK: This site seems to be out of date but looked to be a good idea.

Also, we ought to consider fort (Roman) that is called Lunt.


12/17/2014 --  Changed the title to remove the redundancy.

Modified: 12/17/2014