Origins Available: English, German
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
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
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 (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Bunning family to the New World and Oceana
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
Contemporary Notables of the name Bunning (post 1700)
Historic Events for the Bunning family
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