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The name Bunkley came to England with the ancestors of the Bunkley family in the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Bunkley family 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.

Bunkley Early Origins



The surname Bunkley 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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Bunkley Spelling Variations


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Bunkley Spelling Variations



Multitudes of spelling variations are a hallmark of Anglo Norman names. Most of these names evolved in the 11th and 12th century, in the time after the Normans introduced their own Norman French language into a country where Old and Middle English had no spelling rules and the languages of the court were French and Latin. To make matters worse, medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, so names frequently appeared differently in the various documents in which they were recorded. The name was spelled Bungey, Bungay, Bunker, Bunkar, Bunkey, Bunkay, Bungy and many more.

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Bunkley Early History


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Bunkley Early History



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

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Bunkley Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Bunkley Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Bunkley 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



Because of this political and religious unrest within English society, many people decided to immigrate to the colonies. Families left for Ireland, North America, and Australia in enormous numbers, traveling at high cost in extremely inhospitable conditions. The New World in particular was a desirable destination, but the long voyage caused many to arrive sick and starving. Those who made it, though, were welcomed by opportunities far greater than they had known at home in England. Many of these families went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Bunkley or a variant listed above:

Bunkley Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • John Bunkley, who arrived in Virginia in 1657

Bunkley Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Emily Bunkley, originally from Hull, England, who arrived in New York in 1911 aboard the ship "Laurentic" from Liverpool, England [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JJKM-X2V : 6 December 2014), Emily Bunkley, 19 Mar 1911; citing departure port Liverpool, arrival port New York, ship name Laurentic, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  • Allen C. Bunkley, aged 25, who arrived in New York in 1919 aboard the ship "Ozaukee" from Chaparra, Cuba [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J644-Y6J : 6 December 2014), Allen C. Bunkley, 11 Sep 1919; citing departure port Chaparra, Cuba, arrival port New York, ship name Ozaukee, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  • Louis Bunkley, aged 54, who arrived in New York in 1921 aboard the ship "Ponce" from San Juan, Puerto Rico [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6KY-44F : 6 December 2014), Louis Bunkley, 01 Feb 1921; citing departure port San Juan, Puerto Rico, arrival port New York, ship name Ponce, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  • Lewis H. Bunkley, aged 55, who arrived in New York in 1922 aboard the ship "Mc Keesport" from Havre and Dunkirk, France [5]CITATION[CLOSE]
    "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JN32-D3N : 6 December 2014), Lewis H. Bunkley, 15 Jan 1922; citing departure port Havre and Dunkirk, France, arrival port New York, ship name Mc Keesport, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  • William Bunkley, aged 42, who arrived in New York in 1924 aboard the ship "Leviathan" from Southampton, England [6]CITATION[CLOSE]
    "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JNHB-923 : 6 December 2014), William Bunkley, 09 Jun 1924; citing departure port Southampton, England, arrival port New York, ship name Leviathan, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).

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Contemporary Notables of the name Bunkley (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Bunkley (post 1700)



  • Darren Bunkley, American Primetime Emmy Award winning producer, known for his work on The Amazing Race (2001), 100 Deeds for Eddie McDowd (1999) and Phil of the Future (2004)
  • Brodrick Bunkley (b. 1983), American NFL football nose tackle for the New Orleans Saints

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  1. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  2. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JJKM-X2V : 6 December 2014), Emily Bunkley, 19 Mar 1911; citing departure port Liverpool, arrival port New York, ship name Laurentic, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  3. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J644-Y6J : 6 December 2014), Allen C. Bunkley, 11 Sep 1919; citing departure port Chaparra, Cuba, arrival port New York, ship name Ozaukee, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  4. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6KY-44F : 6 December 2014), Louis Bunkley, 01 Feb 1921; citing departure port San Juan, Puerto Rico, arrival port New York, ship name Ponce, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  5. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JN32-D3N : 6 December 2014), Lewis H. Bunkley, 15 Jan 1922; citing departure port Havre and Dunkirk, France, arrival port New York, ship name Mc Keesport, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  6. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JNHB-923 : 6 December 2014), William Bunkley, 09 Jun 1924; citing departure port Southampton, England, arrival port New York, ship name Leviathan, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).

Other References

  1. 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.
  2. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
  3. 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.
  4. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  5. Humble, Richard. The Fall of Saxon England. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-987-8).
  6. Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
  7. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
  8. Hitching, F.K and S. Hitching. References to English Surnames in 1601-1602. Walton On Thames: 1910. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0181-3).
  9. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  10. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
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