Bunner History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Bunner family

The surname Bunner was first found in Herefordshire where Bonner is an ancient name. "As Boner and Bonere, it occurred in Oxfordshire and Huntingdonshire in the reign of Edward I." [1]

Early History of the Bunner family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bunner research. Another 231 words (16 lines of text) covering the years 1281, 1281, 1700, 1451, 1273, 1500, 1569, 1548 and 1548 are included under the topic Early Bunner History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Bunner Spelling Variations

Before the last few hundred years the English language had no fixed system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations occurred commonly in Anglo Norman surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Bunner were recorded, including Bonner, Boner, Bonners, Bonar, Bonnar, Bonare and many more.

Early Notables of the Bunner family (pre 1700)

Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Edmund Bonner (c.1500-1569), Bishop of London, who became known as Bloody Bonner for his role in the persecution of heretics under the Catholic government of Mary I of England. He was later...
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Ireland Migration of the Bunner family to Ireland

Some of the Bunner family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 51 words (4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Bunner migration to the United States +

The unstable environment in England at this time caused numerous families to board ships and leave in search of opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad in places like Ireland, Australia, and particularly the New World. The voyage was extremely difficult, however, and only taken at great expense. The cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels caused many to arrive diseased and starving, not to mention destitute from the enormous cost. Still opportunity in the emerging nations of Canada and the United States was far greater than at home and many went on to make important contributions to the cultures of their adopted countries. An examination of many early immigration records reveals that people bearing the name Bunner arrived in North America very early:

Bunner Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Bessie Bunner, aged 37, originally from London, arrived in New York in 1892 aboard the ship "Teutonic" from Liverpool & Queenstown [2]
  • Charles Bunner, aged 24, arrived in New York in 1893 aboard the ship "Gallia" from Liverpool & Queenstown [3]
  • Bettie Bunner, aged 38, arrived in New York in 1893 aboard the ship "La Bourgogne" from Havre, France [4]

Australia Bunner migration to Australia +

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

Bunner Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • August Bunner, aged 41, who arrived in South Australia in 1857 aboard the ship "Malvina Vidal"

Contemporary Notables of the name Bunner (post 1700) +

  • Angel Bunner (b. 1989), American softball player
  • Rudolph Bunner (1779-1837), American politician, Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from New York (1827-1829)
  • Cuyler Bunner (1855-1896), American novelist and poet


The Bunner Motto +

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: Semper fidelis
Motto Translation: Always faithful.




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