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Updated June 9, 2019

Family name origins & meanings

  • North German : status name for a farmer Middle Low German bunde, bunne, related to Danish, Swedish bonde ‘free peasant’ (see Bond).
  • German (Bünde) : topographic name from Old High German biunda ‘enclosed fertile pasture’ (modern German Bünde, Beunte), a derivative of biwenden ‘to bend or weave’, with reference to the practice of making fences from woven branches. There are many different local forms and communal implications concerning the use of the land.
  • North German (Bünde) : habitational name for someone from a place in Westphalia, so named with the same word as 2.

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