Origin of the Name Bunyan
family history was found in the allfamilycrests.com archives.
Over the centuries Surnames developed a wide number of variants. Different spellings of the same name can be traced back to an original root. Additionally when a bearer of a name emigrated it was not uncommon that their original name would be incorrectly transcribed in the record books at their new location. Surnames were also often altered over the years based on how they sounded phonetically and depending on the prevailing political conditions it may have been advantageous to change a name from one language to another.Variants of the name Bunyan
include Bonyon, Bunyane, Bunion, Binane and Bunyon. This name is usually of Anglo-Saxon descent spreading to the Celtic countries of Ireland, Scotland and Wales in early times and is found in many mediaeval manuscripts throughout these countries. In Ireland the name is most associated with County Kerry where the name has frequently been changed to Bennett, Binnane and Banane. Ballybunion Castle was built by the Geraldines in the fourteenth century. It stands on the Castle Green site of an old promotory costal fort of the 'Clan Conaire'. In 1582 the Castle was acquired from the Geraldines by the Bonyon family when William Og Bonyan became Lord of Kerry. In 1583 William Og Bonyon lost the castle due to his part in the Desmond Rebellion. In 1612 the castle and the lands were granted to Thomas Fitzmaurice 16th Lord of Kerry and Lixnaw by the English King James 6th. By 1783 Richard Hare was in possession of the Castle. It was destroyed in the Desmond Wars and all that remains today is the East Wall. It stands as a memorial to the Bonyons and Bunyans, a proud and powerful family from whom today's beautiful coastal town of Ballybunion takes its name.
The Bunyan coat of arms came into existence centuries ago. The process of creating coats of arms (also often called family crests) began in the eleventh century although a form of Proto-Heraldry may have existed in some countries prior to this. The new art of Heraldry made it possible for families and even individual family members to have their very own coat of arms, including all Bunyan descendants.