Bugge History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Bugge reached English shores for the first time with the ancestors of the Bugge family as they migrated following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Bugge family lived in Dorset. The family's name, however, is reference to Buge, Normandy, their place of residence prior to the Norman Conquest of England in 1066. [1]

Alternatively the name could have been derived from the Saxon names Bucge and Bogue. [2] Another source continues this postulation, noting the "Anglo - Saxon landholders named Buga and Bugga, and that these names, together with Bucge, are also ancient German names. In fact, at the present day we find Bugge as a surname both in Germany and Scandinavia. " [3]

Early Origins of the Bugge family

The surname Bugge was first found in Dorset, where "the family of Bugg, of the vicinity of Sherborne, have probably an ancestor in John Bugge, who owned land in West Tyneham some time in the 16th century. Both Bugg and Bugge were not uncommon names in Oxfordshire in the reign of Edward I. "[3]

This same source notes that "we learn from Deering's " Nottingham," that in the reign of Mary I., the Bugges, as Merchants of the Staple, were persons of considerable note in the town of Nottingham. " [3]

But the family was far more widespread and prevalent in the early years, than the aforementioned localization. The Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 listed: Bate Bugge, Yorkshire; William Bugge, Oxfordshire; and Osberne Bugge, Oxfordshire. The early Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379 listed Willelmus Bugge; Robertus Bugg; and Johannes Bugg, 1379 as all holding lands there at that time. [4]

Early History of the Bugge family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bugge research. Another 150 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1086, 1548, 1592, 1751, 1640 and 1724 are included under the topic Early Bugge History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Bugge Spelling Variations

Anglo-Norman names tend to be marked by an enormous number of spelling variations. This is largely due to the fact that Old and Middle English lacked any spelling rules when Norman French was introduced in the 11th century. The languages of the English courts at that time were French and Latin. These various languages mixed quite freely in the evolving social milieu. The final element of this mix is that medieval scribes spelled words according to their sounds rather than any definite rules, so a name was often spelled in as many different ways as the number of documents it appeared in. The name was spelled Bugge, Bug, Buge, Bugg, Buggs, Buggy, Buggie and others.

Early Notables of the Bugge family (pre 1700)

Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Francis Bugg (1640-1724?), English writer against Quakerism, of whose life no authentic account remains, is only known from his own writings or those of his opponents...
Another 33 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Bugge Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Ireland Migration of the Bugge family to Ireland

Some of the Bugge family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 45 words (3 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

United States Bugge migration to the United States +

Because of the political and religious discontent in England, families began to migrate abroad in enormous numbers. Faced with persecution and starvation at home, the open frontiers and generally less oppressive social environment of the New World seemed tantalizing indeed to many English people. The trip was difficult, and not all made it unscathed, but many of those who did get to Canada and the United States made important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers with Bugge name or one of its variants:

Bugge Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • August Bugge, who arrived in Chicago in 1872
Bugge Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • John Bugge, who settled in Scott Co. IA in 1902

Contemporary Notables of the name Bugge (post 1700) +

  • Sophus Elseus Bugge (1833-1907), Norwegian philologist, known for his work on the runic alphabet

  1. ^ The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X)
  2. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  3. ^ Guppy, Henry Brougham, Homes of Family Names in Great Britain. 1890. Print.
  4. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)

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