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The origins of the Bumpus surname date from the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. Their name originated with an early member who was a swift walker. Originally the name Bumpus was from the Old French expression bon pas. The surname was first found in England soon after the Norman Conquest of 1066.


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

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. Bumpus has been recorded under many different variations, including Bumpus, Bonpas, Bumpasse, Bompase, Bumpuss, Bumpusse and many more.


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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 Bumpus or a variant listed above:

Bumpus Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Edward Bumpus, who arrived in Plymouth, Massachusetts in 1623
  • Thomas Bumpus, who landed in Maryland in 1662

  • Hermon Carey Bumpus (1862-1943), American fifth president of Tufts College
  • Michael Leron Bumpus (b. 1985), American football wide receiver
  • Paul Bumpus, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Tennessee, 1936
  • Orrie C. Bumpus, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Massachusetts, 1940
  • Jerry Bumpus, American professor of literature and short story writer
  • Cornelius Bumpus (1946-2004), American woodwind and keyboard player
  • Judith Harriet Bumpus (1939-2010), British radio producer for the BBC

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    Other References

    1. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
    2. Hitching, F.K and S. Hitching. References to English Surnames in 1601-1602. Walton On Thames: 1910. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0181-3).
    3. Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
    4. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
    5. Shirley, Evelyn Philip. Noble and Gentle Men of England Or Notes Touching The Arms and Descendants of the Ancient Knightley and Gentle Houses of England Arranged in their Respective Counties 3rd Edition. Westminster: John Bowyer Nichols and Sons, 1866. Print.
    6. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
    7. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
    8. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
    9. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    10. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
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    The Bumpus Family Crest was acquired from the archives. The Bumpus 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.

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