McCune – Study Page

The name McCune is one of great importance to me – after all, it is my surname! There is, however, due to its relative rarity, not a large amount on the name itself. Due to this, I have been working to gather together as much as I can on the McCune surname – and eventually turn it into a one-name study, when I have both the money and the sufficient resources. This page, therefore, functions both as a store of all my data, information and relevant links, and a way for me to expand the ‘McCune’ branches of my family tree to the extent that it is in other areas.

About the McCune surname

The surname McCune is predominantly derived from Irish ‘Mac Eogain’ in Connacht, and from ‘Mac Eoin’ in East Ulster. The ‘Mc-‘ prefix means ‘son’, and is found in both Irish and Scottish names; indeed, there is debate about where the ‘Mc-‘ in ‘McCune’ particularly comes from.

‘Eogain’ and ‘Eoin’ both denote ‘John’ or ‘Owen’; thus, ‘Mac Eoin’ (and, of course, the later ‘McCune’ as referred to here) can mean ‘son (of) John’ or ‘son (of) Owen’.

What is interesting about the McCune surname is that whilst it has a similar etymology to its variants, the pronunciation is different.

MacEwan // McEwan // McCue // McCane // MacKewn

All of the above surnames are orthographically similar to ‘McCune’, and each are pronounced slightly differently; ‘McCune’ is pronounced ‘Mc-YOU-n’ (/mʊkjuːn/), whereas a possible variant, such as ‘McEwan’ is pronounced ‘Mc-YOU-an’ (/mʊkjuːʊn/). 

About The Study

My study into the ‘McCune’ surname and families thereof regards, but is not limited to, the ‘McCune’ name within the United Kingdom (England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland), Ireland and the United States.

Within the United Kingdom, I am descendant of the McCunes in Yorkshire.

The England and Wales ONS List ( claims that there are 253 people living in the UK with the surname McCune. It is ranked 18,322.

The earliest ancestor up to whom I have researched with the surname McCune is:

George Robert McCune (1878-1928)

Notable McCunes

Adam McCune (novelist) (born 1985), American novelist

Alfred W. McCune (b. 1849), British-American railroad builder, mine owner, and Mormon

Barron Patterson McCune (1915–2008), United States federal judge

Debbie McCune Davis (b. 1951), American politician

Emma McCune (1964-1993), British foreign aid worker

Elizabeth Ann Claridge McCune (1852-1924), Mormon missionary

George M. McCune (1908-1948), co-developer of the McCune–Reischauer romanization system of the Korean language

Grant McCune (1943–2010), American special effects designer

Isaac McCune (1884–unknown), Canadian politician

James Allen McCune, Actor

James McCune Smith (1813-1865), First African American to hold a medical degree – (University of Glasgow)

Keith McCune (b. 1955), American author

Lisa McCune (b. 1971), Australian actress

Robert McCune (b. 1979), American football player

Rolland D. McCune (b. 1934), American theologian

Sara Miller McCune (b. 1941) is the co-founder and Chair of SAGE Publications

Shannon Boyd-Bailey McCune (1913-1993), geographer and brother of George M. McCune

William McCune (1953–2011), American computer scientist

McCune In Other Places

McCune-Albright Syndrome

McCune-Reischauer Romanisation

McCune, Kansas

McCune Mansion, Utah (More recently, the Alfred McCune Home)

McCune Foundation, Pittsburgh