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An excerpt from www.HouseOfNames.com archives copyright 2000 - 2016

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The ancestors of the Bundy family migrated to England following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The surname Bundy is for a husbandman, or a farmer. The name stems from the Old English roots bonda and bunda, which were used to indicate such a person.

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Before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Sound was what guided spelling in the Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Bundy family name include Bond, Bonde, Bunde, Bundy and others.

First found in Somerset where they held a family seat from very early times and were granted lands by Duke William of Normandy, their liege Lord, for their distinguished assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bundy research. Another 189 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1669, 1658, 1640, 1656, 1612, 1676, 1634, 1707, 1612, 1676, 1676, 1747, 1625, 1695, 1692, 1678, 1744, 1673, 1659, 1797 and are included under the topic Early Bundy History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 317 words (23 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Bundy Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Bundy family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 131 words (9 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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To escape the political and religious chaos of this era, thousands of English families began to migrate to the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. The passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe; however, those who made the voyage safely were encountered opportunities that were not available to them in their homeland. Many of the families that reached the New World at this time went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of the United States and Canada. Research into various historical records has revealed some of first members of the Bundy family to immigrate North America:

Bundy Settlers in United States in the 17th Century


  • Eliz Bundy, who arrived in Virginia in 1665

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  • William Putnam Bundy (1917-2000), American foreign affairs advisor to Presidents John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson
  • John Elwood Bundy (1853-1933), American Impressionist painter
  • Thomas Clark Bundy (1881-1945), American tennis player
  • Colin James Bundy (b. 1944), American historian and Rhodes Scholar
  • Orrin Richard Bundy (b. 1948), American music academic
  • McGeorge "Mac" Bundy (1919-1996), United States National Security Advisor to John F. Kennedy and Lyndon Johnson and recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom
  • John Bundy, American politician, Supervisor of Niles Township, Michigan, 1977
  • Hezekiah Sanford Bundy (1817-1895), American Republican politician, Member of Ohio State House of Representatives, 1848; Member of Ohio State Senate, 1855; U.S. Representative from Ohio, 1865-67, 1873-75, 1893-95
  • E. B. Bundy, American politician, Circuit Judge in Wisconsin 8th Circuit, 1878-97
  • Byron M. Bundy (b. 1873), American Republican politician, Member of Vermont State House of Representatives from Sutton, 1910

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The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Non Sufficit Orbis
Motto Translation: The world does not suffice.

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  2. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
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  4. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
  5. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  6. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
  7. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
  8. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
  9. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
  10. Crispin, M. Jackson and Leonce Mary. Falaise Roll Recording Prominent Companions of William Duke of Normandy at the Conquest of England. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
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The Bundy Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Bundy 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.

This page was last modified on 3 November 2015 at 10:41.

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