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Bugg is a name that first reached England following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Bugg 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 Bugg family

The surname Bugg 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 Bugg family

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Bugg Spelling Variations

It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, Anglo-Norman surnames like Bugg are characterized by many spelling variations. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages such as Norman French and Latin, even literate people regularly changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Bugg include Bugge, Bug, Buge, Bugg, Buggs, Buggy, Buggie and others.

Early Notables of the Bugg 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...
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Bugg Ranking

In the United States, the name Bugg is the 5,835th most popular surname with an estimated 4,974 people with that name. [5]

Ireland Migration of the Bugg family to Ireland

Some of the Bugg family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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United States Bugg migration to the United States +

Faced with the chaos present in England at that time, many English families looked towards the open frontiers of the New World with its opportunities to escape oppression and starvation. People migrated to North America, as well as Australia and Ireland in droves, paying exorbitant rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, but those who did see the shores of North America were welcomed with great opportunity. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America carried the name Bugg, or a variant listed above:

Bugg Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Joan Bugg who settled in Virginia in 1654
  • Joan Bugg, who arrived in Virginia in 1655 [6]
  • Tho Bugg, who landed in Virginia in 1665 [6]
Bugg Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Samuel Bugg, who arrived in Virginia in 1701 [6]
  • Mary Bugg, who landed in Virginia in 1715 [6]

Canada Bugg migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Bugg Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • George Bugg, who settled in Quebec in 1870
  • James Bugg, who settled in Ontario in 1871

Australia Bugg migration to Australia +

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

Bugg Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

New Zealand Bugg 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:

Bugg Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Jonathan Bugg, aged 37, a ploughman, who arrived in Lyttelton, New Zealand aboard the ship "Ambrosine" in 1860 [8]
  • Mary Bugg, aged 30, who arrived in Lyttelton, New Zealand aboard the ship "Ambrosine" in 1860 [8]
  • John Bugg, aged 11, who arrived in Lyttelton, New Zealand aboard the ship "Ambrosine" in 1860 [8]
  • Jane Bugg, aged 7, who arrived in Lyttelton, New Zealand aboard the ship "Ambrosine" in 1860 [8]
  • George Bugg, aged 5, who arrived in Lyttelton, New Zealand aboard the ship "Ambrosine" in 1860 [8]
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West Indies Bugg migration to West Indies +

The British first settled the British West Indies around 1604. They made many attempts but failed in some to establish settlements on the Islands including Saint Lucia and Grenada. By 1627 they had managed to establish settlements on St. Kitts (St. Christopher) and Barbados, but by 1641 the Spanish had moved in and destroyed some of these including those at Providence Island. The British continued to expand the settlements including setting the First Federation in the British West Indies by 1674; some of the islands include Barbados, Bermuda, Cayman Island, Turks and Caicos, Jamaica and Belize then known as British Honduras. By the 1960's many of the islands became independent after the West Indies Federation which existed from 1958 to 1962 failed due to internal political conflicts. After this a number of Eastern Caribbean islands formed a free association. [9]
Bugg Settlers in West Indies in the 17th Century
  • Joseph Bugg, who settled in Barbados in 1654

Contemporary Notables of the name Bugg (post 1700) +

  • Jace Bugg (1976-2003), American professional golfer
  • Robert Malone Bugg (1805-1887), American politician and a member of the United States House of Representatives
  • Jake Bugg (b. 1994), born Jacob Edwin Kennedy, an English singer songwriter
  • Stuart G. Bugg (b. 1958), English-born, New Zealand lawyer, author and consultant
  • Rachel Bugg (1989-2012), Australian diver at the 2012 Summer Olympics
  • Tomas Bugg (b. 1993), professional Australian rules football player
  • Matthew Bugg (1981-2012), Australian sailor at the 2012 Summer Paralympics
  • Mary Ann Bugg (1834-1867), Australian female bushranger in mid 19th century Australia from Gloucester, New South Wales
  • George Bugg (1769-1851), Anglican deacon and curate in England and a Scriptural geologist
  • Damian Bugg AM , QC, Australian former Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions

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  7. State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2015, January 8) Argyle voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1831 with 251 passengers. Retrieved from
  8. New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from
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