Buncher History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Buncher is of Anglo-Saxon origin and came from when the family lived in Oxfordshire. The name is thought to be descriptive of someone who lived near a bank, or an area of raised ground, and is derived from the Old English word, benche, of the same meaning, although this derivation and meaning are by no means certain. Another source claims the "surname is derived from an official title. 'the bencher,' the banker.' Very early instances of some office in legal or exchequer matters." [1]

Early Origins of the Buncher family

The surname Buncher was first found in Oxfordshire, where one of the first records of the family appeared in the Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 as Roger de Bencher. The Writs of Parliament in 1298 list Robert le Banker and John le Bancker (London) in 1300. [1]

Another source claims that Cheshire is the first place of origin as Albrice le Baunker was listed there in the Feet of Fines of 1245. Later, Thomas Bankar was listed in Northumberland in 1358. [2]

Early History of the Buncher family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Buncher research. Another 187 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1279, 1296, 1500, 1674, 1665, 1734, 1695, 1696, 1707 and 1709 are included under the topic Early Buncher History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Buncher Spelling Variations

It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon surnames like Buncher are characterized by many spelling variations. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. 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. The variations of the name Buncher include: Bencher, Banker, Benchere, Buncher, Benchaire and many more.

Early Notables of the Buncher family (pre 1700)

Another 35 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Buncher Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


Australia Buncher migration to Australia +

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

Buncher Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. James Buncher, English convict who was convicted in London, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Candahar" on 26th March 1842, arriving in Tasmania ( Van Diemen's Land) [3]
  • Mr. Thomas Buncher, English convict who was convicted in London, England for 10 years, transported aboard the "Earl Grey" on 4th October 1842, arriving in Tasmania ( Van Diemen's Land) [4]


  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. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  3. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 9th December 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/candahar
  4. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 16th August 2021). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/earl-gray


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