Bumpass History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The origins of the Anglo-Saxon name Bumpass come from its first bearer, who was a swift walker. Originally the name Bumpass was from the Old French expression bon pas. The surname was first found in England soon after the Norman Conquest of 1066.

Early Origins of the Bumpass family

The surname Bumpass was first found in Gloucestershire, where they held a family seat from ancient times.

Early History of the Bumpass family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bumpass research. Another 197 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1175, 1500, 1616, 1628, 1629, and 1670 are included under the topic Early Bumpass History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Bumpass Spelling Variations

The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Bumpass has been spelled many different ways, including Bumpus, Bonpas, Bumpasse, Bompase, Bumpuss, Bumpusse and many more.

Early Notables of the Bumpass family (pre 1700)

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United States Bumpass migration to the United States +

Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Bumpasss to arrive in North America:

Bumpass Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Richard Bumpass, who landed in Virginia in 1636 [1]

Contemporary Notables of the name Bumpass (post 1700) +

  • Kendall VanHook Bumpass (1809-1885), American miner who accidentally broke through the surface of a scalding hot mud bank in an active geothermal area thereby losing his leg by amputation, eponym of Bumpass Hell and Bumpass Mountain, the areas which he explored
  • Rodger Albert Bumpass (b. 1951), American Daytime Emmy Award nominated character actor and voice actor, best known as the voice of Squidward Tentacles in the animated hit series SpongeBob SquarePants


  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)


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