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Bunnell Family History

Bunnell Name Meaning

English:: habitational name from Bunwell in Norfolk. The placename is from Old English bune ‘reed’ + wella ‘spring stream’. Old forms of the surname suggest a second non-habitational source. (of Norman origin): possibly from French Bunel a shortened form of Busonal a nickname derived from buson ‘buzzard’ used for someone considered simple silly.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022


Similar surnames: Gunnell, Dunwell, Tunnell, Burwell, Fennell, Banwell, Rundell

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Where is the Bunnell family from?

You can see how Bunnell families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Bunnell family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Bunnell families were found in USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 41 Bunnell families living in Connecticut. This was about 26% of all the recorded Bunnell's in USA. Connecticut had the highest population of Bunnell families in 1840.
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What did your Bunnell ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Bunnell. 18% of Bunnell men worked as a Laborer and 9% of Bunnell women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Bunnell 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
    18%
  • Farmer
    17%
  • Salesman
    6%
  • Truck Driver
    5%

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Housewife
    9%
  • Housekeeper
    8%
  • Waitress
    7%
  • Teacher
    6%
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

There are 2,000 immigration records available for the last name Bunnell. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the USA, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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There are 6,000 military records available for the last name Bunnell. For the veterans among your Bunnell ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Bunnell lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Bunnell life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1943, and highest in 2000. The average life expectancy for Bunnell in 1940 was 63, and 71 in 2004.

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