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

Bunce is an ancient Anglo-Saxon surname that came from the Old French word bon which referred to a jolly or good fellow.


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. Bunce has been recorded under many different variations, including Bunce, Bunse and others.

First found in Gloucestershire where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bunce research. Another 177 words(13 lines of text) covering the years 1600, 1670, 1st , 1643, 1644, 1630, 1683, 1659, 1687, 1710, 1720 and 1741 are included under the topic Early Bunce History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 111 words(8 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Bunce Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


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 Bunce or a variant listed above:

Bunce Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Joe Bunce who settled in Barbados in 1635
  • Jo Bunce, aged 18, arrived in Barbados in 1635
  • Thomas Bunce, who arrived in Hartford, Conn in 1636
  • Deborah Bunce, who landed in Maryland in 1675
  • John Bunce, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1682

Bunce Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Richd Bunce, who arrived in Virginia in 1704
  • Richard Bunce settled in New England in 1764

Bunce Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Robert Spencer Bunce, aged 31, landed in Maryland in 1812
  • William Bunce settled in Baltimore in 1823
  • Thomas Bunce settled in Philadelphia in 1838
  • W Bunce, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851
  • Martin and Patrick Bunce arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1858

Bunce Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Mr. Joseph Bunce U.E who settled in Saint John, New Brunswick c. 1783
  • Mr. Joseph Bunce U.E who settled in Carleton [Saint John City], New Brunswick c. 1783

Bunce Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • James Bunce, English convict from Surrey, who was transported aboard the "Adamant" on March 16, 1821, settling in New South Wales, Australia
  • James Bunce arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Caroline" in 1839
  • Charlotte Bunce arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Caroline" in 1839
  • James Bunce arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Lightning" in 1845
  • Charles Bunce arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Eliza" in 1849


  • Joseph H Bunce, American politician, eighteenth Mayor of Louisville, Kentucky
  • Don Bunce (1949-2003), American NFL football quarterback and orthopedic surgeon, recipient of the 1972 Rose Bowl MVP
  • Joshua Bunce (1847-1912), American Major League Baseball left fielder and umpire
  • Lawrence Melvin Bunce (b. 1945), American former professional ABA basketball player
  • Cameron Bunce (b. 1981), American model and actor
  • Oliver Bell Bunce (1828-1890), English writer
  • Frederick "Freddie" Bunce (1938-1991), English football left winger
  • Stuart Alexander Bunce (b. 1971), English actor from Beckenham, Kent
  • Kate Elizabeth Bunce (1856-1927), English painter and poet
  • Che Bunce (b. 1975), New Zealand football player




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The Bunce Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Bunce 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.

This page was last modified on 18 February 2015 at 13:15.

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