Show ContentsBunning History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Bunning is a local name from the German region of Westphalia. Local names came to Germany with other types of hereditary surnames after the 12th century. They were derived from the name of the place where the original bearer of the name lived. Sometimes local names bear the prefix "von", meaning "of" or "from". It was an indication of land-ownership, and was sometimes taken as a mark of aristocracy. The family originally lived in a house near a marsh. The surname is composed of the Germanic elements bon, which refers to a marshy locality, and haus, when means house. Thus, Bunning is a topographic surname, which was the type of local surname that was given to a person who resided near a physical feature such as a hill, stream, church, or type of tree.

Early Origins of the Bunning family

The surname Bunning was first found in Westphalia, where the name Bonninghausen made a great early contribution to the feudal society of early Europe. The name Bonninghausen became prominent in local affairs and branched into many houses where family members continued to play important roles in the savage tribal and national conflicts which resulted as each group sought to maximize its power and status in an ever changing territorial profile.

Early History of the Bunning family

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Bunning Spelling Variations

Many cultural groups lived in the German states in medieval times. Each had its own dialect and traditions, and unique variations of popular names. Low German, which is similar to contemporary Dutch, was spoken in Westphalia. German names are characterized by additions such as regional suffixes and phrases that tell something about the origin or background of its original bearer. Further contributing to the variation in German names was the fact that there were no spelling rules in medieval times: scribes recorded names according to their sound. The recorded spelling variations of Bunning include Bonninghausen, Bonninghaussen, Boninghaussen, Boninghausen, Boenninghausen, Boeninghausen, Boeninghaussen, Boenninghaussen, Bunninghausen, Bunninghaussen, Buninghausen, Buninghaussen, Buenninghausen, Buenninghaussen, Bueninghausen and many more.

Early Notables of the Bunning family

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United States Bunning migration to the United States +

After 1650, thousands of German settlers came to North America to escape the religious persecution and poverty that wracked Europe and to make the most of the opportunity to own their own land in a new country. They settled across the United States in Pennsylvania, Texas, New York, Illinois, and California, and in Canada in Ontario and on the fertile plains of the prairie provinces. Among them:

Bunning Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Nicolaus Bunning, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1805 [1]
  • John Bunning, aged 29, who landed in Missouri in 1848 [1]

Australia Bunning migration to Australia +

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

Bunning Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. William Bunning, (b. 1820), aged 28, Canadian soldier who was convicted in La Prairie, Quebec, Canada for 14 years , transported aboard the "Bangalore" on 1st January 1850, arriving in Moreton Bay, Queensland, Australia, he died in 1854 [2]

Contemporary Notables of the name Bunning (post 1700) +

  • James Paul David "Jim" Bunning (1931-2017), American professional baseball pitcher and politician, United States Senator from Kentucky (1999-2011), inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame
  • James Bunstone Bunning (1802-1863), English architect, born on 6 Oct. 1802, the son of a London surveyor [3]

  • Werner Bünning (1920-1941), German Matrosengefreiter who served aboard the German Battleship Bismarck during World War II when it was sunk heading to France; he died in the sinking [4]

  1. 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)
  2. Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 11th September 2020). Retrieved from
  3. Wikisource contributors. "Dictionary of National Biography, 1885-1900." Wikisource . Wikisource , 4 Jun. 2018. Web. 5 Feb. 2019
  4. Bismarck & Tirpitz Class - Crew List Bismarck. (Retrieved 2018, February 06). Retrieved from on Facebook