The ancient Anglo-Saxon
surname Bunse came from the Old French word bon
which referred to a jolly or good fellow.
Early Origins of the Bunse family
The surname Bunse was first found in Gloucestershire
where they held a family seat
from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest
and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.
Early History of the Bunse family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bunse research.Another 177 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1600, 1670, 1st , 1643, 1644, 1630, 1683, 1659, 1687, 1710, 1720 and 1741 are included under the topic Early Bunse History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Bunse Spelling Variations
Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations
were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Bunse family name include Bunce, Bunse and others.
Early Notables of the Bunse family (pre 1700)
Notables of this surname at this time include: Sir James Bunce, (c.
1600-1670), 1st Baronet
of Otterden, Kent
, Sheriff of the City of London from 1643 to 1644; Sir John Bunce, 2nd... Another 32 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Bunse Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Bunse family to the New World and Oceana
For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland
, the Canadas, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Bunse surname or a spelling variation of the name include:
Bunse Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Thomas Bunse, who landed in Massachusetts in 1822
- Carl Bunse, who landed in Washington County, Pennsylvania in 1886 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)