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Where did the English Bumpus family come from? What is the English Bumpus family crest and coat of arms? When did the Bumpus family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Bumpus family history?

The origins of the Bumpus surname date from the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. Their name originated with an early member who was a swift walker. Originally the name Bumpus was from the Old French expression bon pas. The surname was first found in England soon after the Norman Conquest of 1066.

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The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore, spelling variations are common among early Anglo-Saxon names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Bumpus has been recorded under many different variations, including Bumpus, Bonpas, Bumpasse, Bompase, Bumpuss, Bumpusse and many more.

First found in Gloucestershire, where they held a family seat from ancient times.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bumpus research. Another 424 words(30 lines of text) covering the years 1175, 1500, 1616, 1628, 1629, and 1670 are included under the topic Early Bumpus History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Bumpus Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Bumpus or a variant listed above:

Bumpus Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century


  • Edward Bumpus, who arrived in Plymouth, Massachusetts in 1623
  • Thomas Bumpus, who landed in Maryland in 1662

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  • Cornelius Bumpus (1946-2004), American woodwind and keyboard player
  • Jerry Bumpus, American professor of literature and short story writer
  • Michael Leron Bumpus (b. 1985), American football wide receiver
  • Hermon Carey Bumpus (1862-1943), American fifth president of Tufts College
  • Judith Harriet Bumpus (1939-2010), British radio producer for the BBC


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The Bumpus Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Bumpus Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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