This interesting Welsh surname derives from "ab ynyr" which translates as "son of Ynyr". The personal name Ynyr, with variant spelling Emyr, dates back to the 4th Century when son of Cynfelyn was thus called, it is apparently from the Latin "Honorius" meaning honoured. Sons of Ynyr Llydaw (Brittany) came to Wales in the 6th Century, many of them were saints. The surname is first recorded in the early 17th Century, (see below). In the modern idiom the surname has many variant spellings including Bunyor, Buner, Bunnier, etc.. Recordings of the surname from the London church registers include; the marriage of Heath Bunner and Mary Somersett, which took place on August 25th 1717, at St. Botolph, Bishopsgate; on October 1st 1769, Thomas Bunner married Anne Cooke at St. James, Westminster; Ann Rebecca, daughter of John and Ann Bunner, was christened on February 12th 1787, at St. Martin in the Fields, Westminster; on August 14th 1787, the marriage of Samuel Syast Bunner and Mary Shackleton took place at St. Anne Soho, Westminster; and Sarah Bunner married Emanuel Mansfield on October 27th 1790, at St. Clement Danes, Westminster. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Margret Bunner, who married William Jones, which was dated December 9th 1614, at St. Gregory by St. Paul, London, during the reign of King James 1 of England and V1 of Scotland, 1603 - 1625. 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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