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BOND Family History

Recorded as Bond, Bonde, Bonds, Bondar, Bounder, Bonder, Bundy, Bunday, and others, this famous and interesting surname is recorded in most European countries, but is considered to be of Anglo-Scandanavian pre 7th century origins. It was at first a status surname for a peasant farmer or husbandman, the derivation being from either the Old Norse-Viking word "bonde", or the Olde English and Anglo-Saxon word "buan", both meaning to dwell, but an alternative is from "bindan", meaning to bind. However spelt the original object was to describe a yeoman holding lands which were 'bound by loyalty' to the local lord, although only after the Norman Conquest of England in 1066 did the word become associated with the idea of servitude for life...

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