The Bunney family has descended through the lines of the ancient Normans
that came to England
following their Conquest of England
in 1066. The Bunney name reveals that an early member was a bunn,
or literally from the Old French word bonne
which means good.
Others think the name could have been from place Bougnies,
a Norman village in Belgium.
Early Origins of the Bunney family
The surname Bunney was first found in Hampshire
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.
Early History of the Bunney family
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Bunney Spelling Variations
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 Bunney family name include Bunney, Bunny, Buny, Bunnie and others.
Early Notables of the Bunney family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Bunney family to the New World and Oceana
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 Bunney family to immigrate North America:
Bunney Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- Thomas Bunney, who settled in Charlestown Massachusetts in 1630
Bunney Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- Bartholomew Bunney, who settled in New England in 1759
- Mary Ann Bunney, who arrived in America in 1760-1763 CITATION[CLOSE]
Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
Bunney Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- William Bunney his brother settled in Barbados in the same year
Contemporary Notables of the name Bunney (post 1700)
- William E. Bunney, American neuroscientist
- Sydney John Bunney (1877-1928), English late Impressionist artist; he lived in Coventry and did over 500 drawings of early 20th-century Coventry
- John Wharlton Bunney (1828-1882), English topographical and landscape artist
- Elliot Bunney (b. 1966), Scottish athlete, silver medal holder at the 1988 Seoul Olympic Games
- Lauren Bunney (b. 1988), British actress
- Andrew Bunney, Scientist and Educator