This rare and interesting surname is of Anglo-Saxon origin, and derives from the Olde English pre 7th Century male given name "Bubba", ultimately from the Old High German byname "Buobe" meaning "boy", or "servant". This personal name, though not recorded independently, forms the initial element of such placenames as Bubbenhall, Warwickshire; Bubnell, Derbyshire; Bubwick, East Yorkshire, and Bobbingworth, Essex, translating respectively as Bubba's manor, hill, dairy-farm and homestead. One Richard Dubbe, alias Bubbe de Horsey, was noted in the "Calendarium Genealogisum" dated 1290, and in 1273, a William Bubbe was recorded in the Hundred Rolls of Wiltshire. The form Bubbings results from the addition of the Germanic (Westphalian) patronymic suffix "ing" to the name, the "ing(a)s" indicating "sons, descendants" or "dependants of". On December 1st 1616, Goerg Bubing and Christein Daniels were married in Elsaff, Westfalen, Germany. The surname is recorded in English Church Registers from the early 17th Century under the variant spellings Bubbin, Bubbens, Bubbins and Bubings. On March 21st 1618, Thomas Bubbin, an infant, was christened at St. Michael Coslany, Norwich, Nofolk, and on November 20th 1668, the marriage of Elisabeth Bubbins and Thomas Badbole took place at St. James', Clerkenwell, London. The marriage of Elizabeth Bubbings to Paul Brown took place in Wymondham, Norfolk, on December 24th 1770. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Martin Bubbings, which was dated July 15th 1725, witness at the christening of his son, Edward, at Salhouse, Norfolk, during the reign of King George 1, known as "The First Hanoverian", 1714 - 1727. Surnames became necessary when governments introduced personal taxation. In England this was known as Poll Tax. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.
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