Bunce History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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

Early Origins of the Bunce family

The surname Bunce was 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.

Early History of the Bunce family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bunce research. Another 89 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1600, 1670, 1643, 1644, 1630, 1683, 1659, 1687, 1710, 1720, 1741, 1690 and 1680 are included under the topic Early Bunce History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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

Early Notables of the Bunce family (pre 1700)

Notables of this surname at this time include: Sir James Bunce, (c. 1600-1670), 1st Baronet of Otterden, Kent, Sheriff of the City of London from 1643 to 1644; Sir John Bunce, 2nd Baronet (1630-1683); Sir John Bunce, 3rd Baronet (c. 1659-1687); Sir James Bunce, 4th Baronet (d. c. 1710); Sir John Bunce, 5th Baronet (d. c. 1720); Sir James Bunce, 6th Baronet (d. 1741). Joan Bunce (d. 1690), was an English Quakeress, daughter of Thomas Bunce, a substantial yeoman of Charney, Berkshire. "A pious...
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Bunce Ranking

In the United States, the name Bunce is the 9,861st most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [1]

United States Bunce migration to the United States +

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
  • Thomas Bunce, who arrived in Hartford, Connecticut in 1636 [2]
  • Deborah Bunce, who landed in Maryland in 1675 [2]
  • John Bunce, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1682 [2]
  • Richard Bunce, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1682 [2]
Bunce Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Richard Bunce, who arrived in Virginia in 1704 [2]
  • Richard Bunce, who settled in New England in 1764
Bunce Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Robert Spencer Bunce, aged 31, who landed in Maryland in 1812 [2]
  • William Bunce, who settled in Baltimore in 1823
  • Thomas Bunce, who settled in Philadelphia in 1838
  • W Bunce, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851 [2]
  • Martin and Patrick Bunce, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1858

Canada Bunce migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Bunce Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Mr. Joseph Bunce U.E. who settled in Saint John, New Brunswick c. 1783 [3]
  • Mr. Joseph Bunce U.E. who settled in Carleton [Saint John City], New Brunswick c. 1783 [3]

Australia Bunce migration to Australia +

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

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 [4]
  • Mr. Thomas Bunce, English convict who was convicted in Oxford, Oxfordshire, Englandfor 7 years, transported aboard the "Chapman" on 6th April 1824, arriving in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Land) [5]
  • Mr. Henry Bunce, (b. 1806), aged 25, English agricultural labourer who was convicted in Southampton, Hampshire, England for life for rioting and machine breaking, transported aboard the "Eleanor" on 26th June 1831, arriving in New South Wales, Australia, he died in 1887 [6]
  • James Bunce, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Caroline" in 1839 [7]
  • Charlotte Bunce, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Caroline" in 1839 [7]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

West Indies Bunce 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. [8]
Bunce Settlers in West Indies in the 17th Century
  • Joe Bunce who settled in Barbados in 1635
  • Jo Bunce, aged 18, who arrived in Barbados in 1635 [2]
  • Mr. John Bunce, (b. 1617), aged 18, British settler travelling from London, England aboard the ship "Peter Bonaventure" arriving in Barbados and St Christopher (Saint Kitts) in 1635 [9]

Contemporary Notables of the name Bunce (post 1700) +

  • Cameron Bunce (b. 1981), American model and actor
  • Lawrence Melvin Bunce (b. 1945), American former professional ABA basketball player
  • Joshua Bunce (1847-1912), American Major League Baseball left fielder and umpire
  • Don Bunce (1949-2003), American NFL football quarterback and orthopedic surgeon, recipient of the 1972 Rose Bowl MVP
  • Joseph H Bunce, American politician, eighteenth Mayor of Louisville, Kentucky
  • James M. Bunce, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Connecticut, 1856 [10]
  • Harvey Bunce, American politician, Delegate to Missouri State Constitutional Convention, 1865 [10]
  • George H. Bunce, American politician, Delegate to New York State Constitutional Convention 32nd District, 1915 [10]
  • George Bunce, American politician, Member of Connecticut State Senate 2nd District, 1839 [10]
  • Charles Bunce, American politician, Member of Connecticut State House of Representatives from Manchester, 1828 [10]
  • ... (Another 17 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

  1. ^ https://namecensus.com/most_common_surnames.htm
  2. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  3. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  4. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Adamant voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1821 with 144 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/adamant/1821
  5. ^ Convict Records of Australia (Retreived 26th January 2021, retreived from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/chapman)
  6. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 9th February 2022). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/eleanor
  7. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) CAROLINE 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839Caroline.htm
  8. ^ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/British_West_Indies
  9. ^ Pilgrim Ship Lists Early 1600's retrieved 23rd September 2021. (Retrieved from https://www.packrat-pro.com/ships/shiplist.htm)
  10. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 3) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html

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