Updated June 9, 2019

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Family name origins & meanings

  • English : nickname from some fancied resemblance to the songbird (Emberiza spp.).
  • German : patronymic from an unexplained Frisian-Lower Saxon personal name, or a derivative of Bunt- (see Bunten).
  • Sarah Bunting (1686–1762), born in Matlock, Derbyshire, became a noted Quaker minister in Cross Wicks, NJ. It is believed but not certain that other members of her family, including her father, John Bunting, came with her to NJ sometime before 1704, when her marriage to William Murfin is recorded.