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Bunce Name Meaning

English: unexplained. Perhaps a respelling of Bunts. Probably an altered spelling of Swiss German Bunz or Bünz, from Alemannic bunz ‘little barrel’, hence a nickname for a short fat man, or of German Banz, or from pet form of an Old High German personal name Bun(n)o, of unexplained etymology.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press


Similar surnames: Bence, Bunge, Bunde, Buege, Bueche, Budde, Bunts, Bunte, Busse, Duce

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Where is the Bunce family from?

You can see how Bunce families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Bunce family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Bunce families were found in the UK in 1891. In 1840 there were 63 Bunce families living in New York. This was about 53% of all the recorded Bunce's in the USA. New York had the highest population of Bunce families in 1840.
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What did your Bunce ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Bunce. 15% of Bunce men worked as a Laborer and 16% of Bunce women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Bunce were Truck Driver and Teacher.

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations in 1940

  • Laborer
    15%
  • Farmer
    12%
  • Salesman
    7%
  • Truck Driver
    6%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housewife
    16%
  • Stenographer
    9%
  • Housekeeper
    8%
  • Teacher
    7%
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

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There are 7,000 military records available for the last name Bunce. For the veterans among your Bunce ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Bunce lifespan?

Between 1944 and 2004, in the United States, Bunce life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1952, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Bunce in 1944 was 42, and 79 in 2004.

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