It was created by a split from Bø on 1 January 1867. At that time Lunde had a population of 2,257.
On 1 January 1964 the municipality was merged with Holla municipality to form the new municipality Nome. Before the merger Lunde had a population of 3,080. At present certain interests in Lunde want to reunite with Bø.
The municipality (originally the parish) is named after the farm Lunde (Old Norse Lundr), since the first church was built there. The name is identical with the word lundr m 'grove'. (The form Lunde is derived from the dative form lundi.)
- Dag Jukvam / Statistics Norway (1999). Historisk oversikt over endringer i kommune- og fylkesinndelingen. (Norwegian)
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