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The vast movement of people that followed the Norman Conquest of England of 1066 brought the Bungay family name to the British Isles. They lived in Suffolk at Bungay, a market town that dates back to the Domesday Book where it was listed as Bunghea, probably derived from the Old English personal name + inga + eg and meant "island of the family or followers of a man called Buna." [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
Another reference claims the placename was derived from the term "le-bon-eye," signifying "the good island," as it was nearly surrounded by the river Waveney, which was once a broad stream. Soon after the Norman Conquest, a castle was built, which, from its situation and the strength of its fortifications, was deemed impregnable by its possessor, Hugh Bigot, Earl of Norfolk, in the reign of Stephen; but that monarch, in the 6th of his reign, in the year 1140, came with his army and took it. Over the years Bungay Castle has fallen into ruins, but in 1934 the amateur archaeologist Leonard Cane convinced people that a restoration was needed. Today it is owned by the Bungay Castle Trust.

Bungay Early Origins



The surname Bungay was first found in Suffolk where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor of Bungay at the time of the Norman Conquest of England by Duke William of Normandy in 1066 A.D. Conjecturally they are descended from William de Noyers who held the lands of Bungay from the King. At the time of the taking of the Domesday Book survey in 1086 the holdings consisted of 4 Churches, 2.5 mills, 60 goats and 100 sheep. Bungay Castle was built by the Norman Earl Hugh Bigod in the 12th century.

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Bungay Spelling Variations


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Bungay Spelling Variations



A multitude of spelling variations characterize Norman surnames. Many variations occurred because Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England also had a pronounced effect, as did the court languages of Latin and French. Therefore, one person was often referred to by several different spellings in a single lifetime. The various spellings include Bungey, Bungay, Bunker, Bunkar, Bunkey, Bunkay, Bungy and many more.

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Bungay Early History


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Bungay Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bungay research. Another 79 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 158 and 1588 are included under the topic Early Bungay History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Bungay Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Bungay Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Bungay Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Bungay Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • William Bungay was at Fair Island, Newfoundland in 1831 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0
  • Jonathon Bungay was a fisherman in Jersey Harbour in 1853
  • Henry Thomas Bungay was in Bonavista in 1871

Bungay Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Samuel Bungay, aged 28, arrived in South Australia in 1849 aboard the ship "Emily"
  • Samuel Bungay arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Emily" in 1849

Bungay Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Newton Bungay, aged 38, a labourer, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Chile" in 1874
  • Susan Bungay, aged 35, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Chile" in 1874
  • Caroline Bungay, aged 9, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Chile" in 1874
  • Elizabeth Bungay, aged 7, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Chile" in 1874
  • Emily Bungay, aged 4, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Chile" in 1874
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Bungay (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Bungay (post 1700)



  • Frank Bungay (b. 1905), English professional footballer from Sheffield
  • Stephen Bungay (b. 1954), British historian and author, specialist in the Battle of Britain

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Bungay Historic Events


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Bungay Historic Events




Halifax Explosion

  • Mr. Edward A.  Bungay (1863-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917
  • Mr. Howard Wilson  Bungay (1899-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917
  • Mr. Edward Jr A  Bungay (1901-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who survived the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917 but later died due to injuries
  • Miss Gladys  Bungay (1907-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917

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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  2. ^ Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0

Other References

  1. Humble, Richard. The Fall of Saxon England. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-987-8).
  2. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
  3. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
  4. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  5. Bede, The Venerable. Historia Ecclesiatica Gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History Of the English People). Available through Internet Medieval Sourcebook the Fordham University Centre for Medieval Studies. Print.
  6. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
  7. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
  8. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds. Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
  9. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
  10. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
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The Bungay Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Bungay 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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