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Origin and Meaning of Bunion

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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Bun"ion
Same as Bunyon.
Other Dictionary Sources
  1. A painful swelling of the bursa of the first joint of the big toe

From alteration of earlier bunny (“lump, swelling”), from Middle English bony, boni (“bunion, swelling”); or perhaps from Italian bubbone, an augmented form of Italian bugno (“beehive”); both Middle English and Italian words from Old French bugne, buigne, bune (“bump, knob, swelling”), from Old Norse bunga (“an elevation, bulge”) or from Old Frankish *bungjo (“a swelling, lump, bump”), both Old Norse and Old Frankish from Proto-Germanic *bungô, *bunkô (“lump, clump, heap, crowd”), from Proto-Indo-European *bʰenǵʰ- (“thick, dense, fat”). Cognate with Dutch bonk (“lump, clump”), German Bunge (“swelling, tuber”).

  1. (pathology) A bump or bulge on the first joint of the big toe caused by the swelling of a sac of fluid under the skin.
  2. (colloquial, by extension) Hallux valgus, deviation of the big toe from its normal position towards the other toes, the prime cause for the swelling of its first joint.

bunion was also found in the following language(s): Latin

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Popularity of Bunion as a last name

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Bunion U.S.
  White 0.00% 64.26%
  African American 88.46% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.00% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 9.62% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 0.00% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 0.00% 16.26%

Of Last Name Bunion

People with the last name Bunion are most frequently African American

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Fun Facts about the name Bunion

  • How Popular is the name Bunion? Bunion is the 65,667th most popular name of all time. As a last name Bunion was the 156,044th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Bunion have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 16 babies born with the first name Bunion in the United States.
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Bunion? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1917 when it was given as a first name to 5 new born babies.
  • When was Bunion first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Bunion is Monday, August 30th, 1880.
  • What year had the most people named Bunion born? The highest recorded use of the first name Bunion was in 1924 with a total of 6 babies.
  • Weird things about the name Bunion: Your name in reverse order is Noinub. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Biuonn. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Bunion? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 104 people with the last name Bunion.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Bunion? Bunion is one of the most unique last names recorded.

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  • Sources:
  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.