Boundy History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Boundy is a name that was carried to England in the great wave of migration from Normandy following the Norman Conquest of 1066. It is a name for a husbandman, or a farmer. [1]

The name stems from the Old English/Saxon roots bonda and bunda, which were used to indicate such a person. "There are several persons called Bonde in the Domesday [Book], one of whom is somewhat contradictorily called 'liber homo.' [2] [3] Bonde, Bondi, Bunde, Bundi were all listed in the Domesday Book. [4]

Early Origins of the Boundy family

The surname Boundy was first found in Norfolk where Albertus filius Bund, Bonde was listed in the Feet of Fines of 1199 and 1202. Norman le Bonde was listed in the Pipe Rolls for Warwickshire in 1180 and William Bonde was a Knights Templar in 1185. Later, Robert Bunde was listed in the Pipe Rolls for Bedfordshire in 1198 and Henry le Bounde was found in Hertfordshire in 1297. [4]

They "have their principal homes in the west of England in Devon and Somerset, and in the east of England in Norfolk and Suffolk; they are also established in Lancashire and Staffordshire. Six centuries ago the name was still to be found in numbers in Norfolk and Suffolk, as well as in the neighbouring counties of Lincoln, Hunts, and Cambridge, and also in Oxfordshire, in the forms of Bond and Bonde." [5]

By the time of the Hundredorum Rolls of 1273, the family were scattered throughout ancient Britain: Emma le Bonde in Huntingdonshire (1271); Robert le Bonde in Worcestershire; and Walter le Bond in Cambridgeshire. The same rolls also had an entry for the name as a forename in Norfolk: Bonde Brit. [6]

Kirby's Quest of Somerset had two entries both "1 Edward III" (during the first year of King Edward III's reign): Robert le Bonde; and John le Bonnde. [7]

Early History of the Boundy family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Boundy research. Another 95 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1669, 1658, 1640, 1656, 1612, 1676, 1634, 1707, 1612, 1676, 1676, 1747, 1625, 1695, 1692, 1678, 1744, 1673, 1659, 1797 and are included under the topic Early Boundy History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Boundy Spelling Variations

The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries. For that reason, spelling variations are common among many Anglo-Norman names. The shape of the English language was frequently changed with the introduction of elements of Norman French, Latin, and other European languages; even the spelling of literate people's names were subsequently modified. Boundy has been recorded under many different variations, including Bond, Bonde, Bunde, Bundy and others.

Early Notables of the Boundy family (pre 1700)

Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Denis Bond (died 1658), English politician from Dorset who sat in the House of Commons between 1640 and 1656, supporter of the Parliamentarian cause in the English Civil War and served as president of the Council of State during the Commonwealth;John Bond LL.D. (1612-1676), an English jurist, Puritan clergyman, member of the Westminster Assembly, and Master of Trinity Hall; Cambridge Nathaniel Bond, KS, (1634-1707), of Creech Grange in the Isle of Purbeck, Dorset, an English lawyer...
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Ireland Migration of the Boundy family to Ireland

Some of the Boundy family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Australia Boundy migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Boundy Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Ann Boundy, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Constance" in 1848 [8]
  • Fanny Boundy, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Constance" in 1848 [8]
  • John Boundy, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Constance" in 1848 [8]
  • Kitty Boundy, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Constance" in 1848 [8]
  • William Boundy, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Constance" in 1848 [8]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

New Zealand Boundy migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Boundy Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. James Boundy, (b. 1841), aged 22, Cornish farm labourer from Cornwall travelling from London aboard the ship "Tiptree" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 20th January 1864 [9]
  • Miss Bessie Boundy, (b. 1872), aged 2, Cornish settler departing on 10th February 1874 aboard the ship "Atrato" going to Lyttelton, Canterbury, New Zealand she died before arriving on 19th June 1874 [10]
  • Miss Jane M. Boundy, (b. 1865), aged 9, Cornish settler departing on 10th February 1874 aboard the ship "Atrato" arriving in Lyttelton, Canterbury, New Zealand on 19th June 1874 [10]
  • Mr. John A. Boundy, (b. 1870), aged 4, Cornish settler departing on 10th February 1874 aboard the ship "Atrato" arriving in Lyttelton, Canterbury, New Zealand on 19th June 1874 [10]
  • Mrs. Mary A. Boundy, (b. 1843), aged 31, Cornish settler departing on 10th February 1874 aboard the ship "Atrato" arriving in Lyttelton, Canterbury, New Zealand on 19th June 1874 [10]
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Contemporary Notables of the name Boundy (post 1700) +

  • John Boundy, American visual effects specialist, known for his work on Sherlock Holmes (2009), Les Misérables (2012) and About Time (2013)
  • Megan Boundy, American first assistant camera, known for her work on Thor (2011), Knight and Day (2010) and Bridesmaids (2011)
  • Gerald Oscar Boundy (1895-1964), English cricketer who played two first-class matches for Somerset in 1926 and 1930
  • Craig Boundy, British Managing Director of Experian UK and Ireland
  • Leslie David Boundy (1932-2003), Australian politician, member for Goyder (1974-1977)

HMS Dorsetshire
  • Jack Boundy (d. 1945), British Leading Steward aboard the HMS Dorsetshire when she was struck by air bombers and sunk; he died in the sinking [11]
  • Ernest Alfred Boundy (d. 1945), British Chief Petty Officer Steward aboard the HMS Dorsetshire when she was struck by air bombers and sunk; he died in the sinking [11]


The Boundy Motto +

The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Non Sufficit Orbis
Motto Translation: The world does not suffice.


  1. ^ Harrison, Henry, Surnames of the United Kingdom: A Concise Etymological Dictionary Baltimore: Geneological Publishing Company, 2013. Print
  2. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  3. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  4. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  5. ^ Guppy, Henry Brougham, Homes of Family Names in Great Britain. 1890. Print.
  6. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  7. ^ Dickinson, F.H., Kirby's Quest for Somerset of 16th of Edward the 3rd London: Harrison and Sons, Printers in Ordinary to Her Majesty, St, Martin's Lane, 1889. Print.
  8. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) CONSTANCE - 1848. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1848Constance.htm
  9. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  10. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 2018, April 30). Emigrants to Lyttelton 1858-84 [PDF]. Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/new_zealand_assisted.pdf
  11. ^ Force Z Survivors HMS Dorsetshire Crew List, (Retrieved 2018, February 13th), https://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listdorsetshirecrew.html


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