The Bunston surname is a patronymic
, created from the Medieval given name Benne, which comes from the Latin word "benedictus," which means "blessed." Some instances of the surname may also be derived from the name of the village of Benson in Oxfordshire
(Bennesingtun in Old English). CITATION[CLOSE]
Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6) CITATION[CLOSE]
Arthur, William , An Etymological Dictionary of Family and Christian Names. London: 1857. Print
Early Origins of the Bunston family
The surname Bunston was first found in Oxfordshire
, where a Peter de Bensinton was recorded in the Curia Regis Rolls for 1208. CITATION[CLOSE]
Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
Henry de Benson was recorded in that same county in Oseney, in 1269. A family of the name was established from ancient times in the vicinity of Barrow-in-Furness, Lancashire
. The Gildea, Gildee and other spellings were adopted in Ireland
and are explained in more detail later.
Early History of the Bunston family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bunston research.Another 137 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1326, 1200, 1332, 1393, 1667, 1640, 1676, 1731, 1711, 1713, 1829, 1896, 1883 and are included under the topic Early Bunston History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Bunston Spelling Variations
Bunston has been spelled many different ways. Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred
years, spelling variations
in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Many variations of the name Bunston have been found, including Benson, Benison, Bensone, Bennison, Gildea, Gilday, Gildee, Bennsone, Bennisoun, Bennisone and many more.
Early Notables of the Bunston family (pre 1700)
Distinguished members of the family include John Benson (died 1667), a London publisher, best remembered for an important publication of the Sonnets and miscellaneous poems of William Shakespeare... Another 28 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Bunston Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Bunston family to Ireland
Some of the Bunston family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 233 words (17 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Bunston family to the New World and Oceana
In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England
, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Bunstons to arrive on North American shores: John Benson, Mary Benson and their two children, who arrived in Massachusetts in 1638; Dirck Benson, who came to New York in 1648; Cutbert Benson, who came to Virginia in 1655.
Contemporary Notables of the name Bunston (post 1700)
- Herbert Bunston (1874-1935), British stage and screen actor, known for his roles in Once a Lady (1931) Cardinal Richelieu (1935)
The Bunston Motto
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Si Deus quis contra?
Motto Translation: If God be with us who can be against us?.