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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.

Bunning Early Origins



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.

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Bunning Spelling Variations


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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.

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Bunning Early History


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Bunning Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bunning research. Another 91 words (6 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Bunning History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Bunning Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Bunning Early Notables (pre 1700)



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The Great Migration



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
  • John Bunning, aged 29, landed in Missouri in 1848

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Citations



    Other References

    1. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
    2. Kapff, Rudolf. Schwäbische Geschlechtsnamen. Stuttgart: Verlag Silberburg, 1927. Print.
    3. Preuss, Otto. Die Lippischen Familiennamen mit Berücksichtigung der Ortsnamen. Detmold: Meyer'sche Hofbuchh, 1887. Print.
    4. Göbel, Otto. Niederdeutsche Familiennamen der Gegenwart Wolfshagen-Schäbentz. Franz: Westphal, 1936. Print.
    5. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    6. Brechenmacher, Josef Karlmann. Deutches Namenbuch. Stuttgart: Verlag von Adolf Bonz & Comp, 1928. Print.
    7. Oswald, G. Lexicon der Heraldik. Leipzig: 1984. Print.
    8. Tobler-Meyer, Wilhelm. Familiennamen der Ostschweiz. Zürich: 1894. Print.
    9. Bahlow, Hans. Deutschlands geographische Namenwelt Etymologisches Lexikon der Fluss- und Ortsnamen alteuropaischer Herkunft. Frankfurt: Suhrkamp, 1985. Print.
    10. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
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    The Bunning Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Bunning Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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