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The BUNGARD One-Name Study was started by Graham Bungard about 30 years ago.
My interest comes through one of my paternal great-great-great-grandmothers, Ann Bungard (1796-1835) of Coldwaltham, West Sussex. I soon discovered that BUNGARD was a rare surname and decided to collect any that I encountered. During my research I discovered that a firm of funeral directors in Hove, East Sussex was called Bungard and Sons. My investigations showed that the firm was started by some of my co-descendants so I contacted the current owners. They put me in touch with Graham and we have since exchanged much information.
I was able to supply Graham with more details of the Coldwaltham Bungards but could also tell him more about his own ancestors. I had discovered Graham's ancestors at Winterton in Norfolk while researching some of my DYBALL ancestors. I have also found some of Graham's co-descendants at Deal in Kent during research for the VALDER One-Name Study.
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Origins Research Distribution UK Ancestral Groups

Graham discovered that the Bungards in Sussex appeared there in the late 16th century. He has investigated them in much detail and wrote an article about their lives. BUNGARD GD, 1977, 'MEN OF GLASS' A Personal View of the De Bongar Family in the 16th and 17th centuries.
The Bungards were at Wisborough Green from at least 1579, having previously been at Alford, Surrey from summer 1568 to summer 1569. They were glassmakers who had come from Normandy in northern France.
The de Bongar family were based at La Haye, ForÍt de Lyon, just east of Rouen and two brothers, Pierre and Jean were persuaded to join a group of glassmakers who set up a furnace at Alford to make window glass. (Note: Alford is used in Graham's document but is probably Alfold).
The de Bongars had been based in the ForÍt de Lyon from at least 1130. They may have been descended from the Dukes of Normandy through the female line.
In Sussex the de Bongar name went through various modifications; it appears as Bungay, Bunger, Bunker and Bongard amongst other variations before becoming standardised as Bungard. Numerous 'errors' have always occurred though!
General Record Office indexes
Graham has collected all the Bungard BMD GRO entries to at least 1980. I had looked for some of my co-descendants' entries and found that a few were indexed incorrectly as Bunyard and Bongard. There are probably many more which do not appear under the expected Bungard.
International Genealogical Index
I have searched the IGI for Sussex and collected all the entries I could find. Bungards appear under a multitude of spellings and the IGI's grouping of 'like' surnames does not cope with them very well. I have also examined the IGI for Kent, Surrey and Middlesex (London) without making much progress.
Census returns
I have all the Coldwaltham returns for Bungard and many of the other West Sussex returns. I also have the returns for Graham's Norfolk ancestors and the country-wide entries for 1881.
Parish Registers
I have searched the parish registers for some of the West Sussex parishes where Bungards were known to have lived. Those searched include Coldwaltham, Shoreham (Old and New), Sompting, West Tarring and Hove (St Andrew and St Barnabas).
National Probate indexes
Neither Graham nor I have systematically searched these indexes for Bungards. Graham has copies of some specific wills.
Other sources
Wills before 1858 are held in local Record Offices. I found one at West Sussex Record Office which showed the existence of a Bungard I wasn't aware of. Graham has a copy of Isaac Bungard's will.
Personal contacts
Graham has many Bungard contacts but I am only aware of a few. I contacted Bungard and Sons, funeral directors of Hove, East Sussex when I found that the firm was started by one of the Coldwaltham Bungards' descendants. They put me in contact with Graham. Graham held a reunion of all known Bungard descendants a few years ago. One remarkable feature was that two Bungard men looked almost identical despite their common ancestor being about 10 generations earlier.
Currently Bungards are scattered throughout the UK. A few of the UK Bungards emigrated to Australia, New Zealand and the USA. Graham has snail-mail contacts in New Zealand and the USA. I have subscribed to a Bungard Internet mailing list but nothing has been gleaned from the few messages that have so far appeared on there.
UK Ancestral Groups
Graham has not yet supplied me with all the details about his earliest Sussex Bungards. Some of the parish registers did not start until 25 years after the arrival of the de Bongars in the area. Consequently it is difficult to establish the earliest ancestor of the various Bungards to be found in West Sussex.
My earliest Bungard ancestor, Peter, arrived at Coldwaltham in about 1749 at the claimed age of 50. It is not known where he was born but his descendants are described on my Sussex Bungards page.
Graham's last Sussex-born ancestor, John (1799-1885) became a coastguard and worked his way around the coast from Dorset to Winterton, Norfolk. One of John's sons, Henry, became a draper in Lowestoft, Suffolk. Another son, William moved to county Durham. One of John's brothers, William (1801-?), was also involved with the sea and was living at Deal, Kent in 1881.
Many of the Sussex Bungards lived in the Worthing area. They were at Angmering, Ferring, Goring, West Tarring, Heene, Poling and Broadwater. Most are probably descended from Isaac and Margaret [Bowley] who were at Angmering from 1705. Graham's ancestors were also from the 'Worthing' line. Four families were living at Broadwater in 1891, three from the original 'Worthing' lines and one from my line.
Shoreham is notable for having Bungards from my and Graham's line there at the same time. Graham's ancestors were there from 1793, some of my co-descendants moved there in about 1851. Both lines had a George born at Shoreham in 1851/2, it was difficult to sort out which was which in later life!

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