Gunton Bunn Coat of Arms / Gunton Bunn Family Crest
The surname of GUNTON was a locational name meaning 'one who came from GUNTON' parishes in counties Norfolk and Suffolk. Habitation names were originally acquired by the original bearer of the name, who, having lived by, at or near a place, would then take that name as a form of identification for himself and his family. When people lived close to the soil as they did in the Middle Ages, they were acutely conscious of every local variation in landscape and countryside. Every field or plot of land was identified in normal conversation by a descriptive term. The earliest of the name on record appears to be Matthew de GUNTON his wife Isabel, who were recorded in the year 1243. Geoffrey de GUNNETON, of County Suffolk was documented in the year 1273, and Henry de GUNTON was documented during the reign of Henry III (1216-1272). John de GUNTON was the vicar of Tunstal, County Norfolk in 1361. The surname BUNN was derived from the Old French 'le bon' a term of endearment. The name was brought to England in the wake of the Norman Conquest of 1066. The names introduced into Britain by the Normans during and in the wake of the Invasion of 1066, are nearly all territorial in origin. The followers of William the Conqueror were a pretty mixed lot, and while some of them brought the names of their castles and villages in Normandy with them, many were adventurers of different nationalities attached to William's standard by the hope of plunder, and possessing no family or territorial names of their own. Those of them who acquired lands in England were called by their manors, while others took the name of the offices they held or the military titles given to them, and sometimes, a younger son of a Norman landowner, on receiving a grant of land in his new home dropped his paternal name and adopted that of his newly acquired property. The name is also spelt BOONE, BOON, BON and BUNNE. Early records of the name mention Edward le BON who was recorded in the year 1204 in County Lancashire and BONNE Welle of County Norfolk, was documented in the year 1273. Rogerus BONNE of Yorkshire, was listed in the Yorkshire Poll Tax of 1379. Josias BUNN of Hereford, registered at Oxford University in 1618. John BUNN and Mary Wallington were married at St. George's, Hanover Square, London in the year 1788. The arms depicted here have been quartered with GUNTON and BUNN.
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