Bounecown History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Anglo-Saxon name Bounecown comes from when the family resided in the village of Butcombe in the county of Somerset.

Early Origins of the Bounecown family

The surname Bounecown was first found in Somerset, where "this surname is derived from a geographical locality. 'of Buncombe,' or 'Boncombe,' some spot in the West country." [1] Kirby's Quest notes that Richard de Bounecombe was listed there, 1 Edward III (during the first year of King Edward III's reign.) [2]

Early History of the Bounecown family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bounecown research. Another 189 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1086, 1327 and 1500 are included under the topic Early Bounecown History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Bounecown Spelling Variations

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. Bounecown has been recorded under many different variations, including Buncombe, Butcombe, Bounecombe, Bunecombe, Buncomb, Boncombe and many more.

Early Notables of the Bounecown family (pre 1700)

More information is included under the topic Early Bounecown Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Bounecown family

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 Bounecown or a variant listed above: William Bunchcombe who arrived in Virginia in 1663.



  1. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  2. ^ 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.


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