Bonkill History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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Early Origins of the Bonkill family
The surname Bonkill was first found in Berwickshire where they were recorded as a family of great antiquity seated at Buncle (now Bunkle and Preston) in the lands of the Merse.
"The name of this place is derived from the Celtic word bon, signifying the foot or base, and kill, a cell or chapel; the word Preston, if of Saxon origin, would signify Priest-town, or the town of the priests, but some derive it from the Gaelic term Preas, a thicket, and tun, a town or farm. The manor was formerly possessed by Sir Alexander de Bunkle or Bonkle, by whom it was transferred, in 1288, to Sir John Stewart, on his marriage with the only child of Sir Alexander." 
Adam de Bonekil was the first on record in the year 1160 as a witness to a charter by Richard Cumyn. 
Important Dates for the Bonkill family
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Bonkill Spelling Variations
Spelling variations of this family name include: Buncle, Bunkle, Bunkill, Bunkell, Bunckill, Bonkyll and many more.
Early Notables of the Bonkill family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Bonkill family
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: John Bunkley, who arrived in Virginia in 1657; John Buncle, who arrived in Virginia in 1704; George Buncle, who came to Savannah, GA in 1734; Alexander Buncle, who settled in Virginia in 1739.
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