Guild of One-Name Studies
One-name studies, Genealogy
Category: 2 - A study where research using core genealogical datasets and transcriptions is well under way, but currently in some countries only.
Contact: Malcolm Bunn
Having hit a 'brick wall' of 1790 with my immediate family from the City of London, I began collecting information of various families with the same name in the hope there may be a connection. The name was registered in the Spring of 2015 after visiting the SWAG fair at Weston, Somerset in the hope I can centralise my research and perhaps find that 'missing link'.
Update July 2019: Retirement and stopping playing Candy Crush (I reached level 4000) has allowed more time to build and connect family groupings in Somerset, London, Staffordshire/Worcestshire, Norfolk, Suffolk, Essex and Yorkshire. There doesn't appear to be a common ancestor nor a common variant. The Somerset branch appears to start with the name Morrell. Some trees have come to an early end with the discovery that the the surname was adopted; the owner of the All England Jumping Course at Hickstead being one. Increased time and contacts from Canada, USA, Australia and New Zealand has allowed branches to be connected back to various locations in the UK and increased details of Bunn's from those countries.
Nothing registered at this time.
Probably French origin deriving from "bon" meaning "good" (1) and was originally given as a nickname. Yet to be proved and I have growing doubts!
1. Lower, Mark A (1860) Patronymica Britannica: a dictionary of the family names of the United Kingdom. London: J.R. Smith. Public Domain.
Thomas Bunn, wife Bridgitt and son Thomas appear on a muster of the inhabitants in Virginia taken on January 30th 1624; they were among the earliest recorded name bearers to settle in America.
Alfred Bunn (1796 - 1860), was manager of Drury Lane and Covent Garden theatres in London from 1833 to 1848; brought English operas to London; has a portrait in the National Portrait Gallery; was declared bankrupt in December 1839 with debts exceeding £23,000 and was known as "Poet Bunn" in Punch.
From the 1881 census there were 2919 Bunns recorded giving a frequency of 97 per million or .01 of the population. Although there are now 5907 Bunn's in the UK according to the British surnames website, the frequency has fallen to 93 per million.
In the 1881 census the most populous counties are Norfolk (619 entries), London (419 entries), Staffordshire (248 entries) and Worcestshire (212 entries).
The continually increasing study is available on Ancestry.co.uk and is called ONS Bunn. Of July 2019 it has 8512 people but is growing rapidly. I have included spouses but not their immediate families unless they had children named Bunn. If there looks like there has been a 1st or 2nd cousin relationship, I have added other family relatives.
If you have any additional information, corrections, photos, certificates or assistance, please let me know.
I have a Y DNA with FamilyDNA and an Ancestry autosomal DNA test for myself but no project has been set up as far as I know. As of July 2019 no connections have been made with 'other' branches apart from those in my primary London tree.
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