Bounds last name popularity, history, and meaning

Find out how popular the last name Bounds is in the United States and learn more about the meaning, history, and race and ethnic origin of people in America who are named Bounds.

Meaning of Bounds

A surname referring to someone who lived near a boundary or on the outskirts of a settlement.

Bounds, like all of the last names we have data for, is identified by the U.S. Census Bureau as a surname which has more than 100 occurrences in the United States in the Decennial Census survey. The most recent statistics we have for the Bounds surname is from the 2010 census data.

Popularity of Bounds in America

Bounds is the 4457th most popular name in America based on the data we have collected from the U.S. Census Bureau.

The Bounds surname appeared 7,960 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 3 people would have the surname Bounds.

We can also compare 2010 data for Bounds to data from the previous census in 2000. The table below contains all of the statistics for both years in a side-by-side comparison.

2010 2000 Change (%)
Rank 4457 4202 5.89%
Count 7,960 7,822 1.75%
Proportion per 100k 2.70 2.90 -7.14%

The history of the last name Bounds

The surname BOUNDS has its origins in England, with records dating back to the 12th century. It is believed to have derived from the Old French word "bunde," which referred to a boundary or boundary marker. This suggests that the name may have initially been given to someone who lived near a boundary or worked as a boundary surveyor.

One of the earliest recorded instances of the name can be found in the Pipe Rolls of Gloucestershire from 1195, where a person named Richard de la Bunde is mentioned. This early spelling variation highlights the French influence on the name's evolution.

In the 13th century, the surname appeared in various forms, such as Bunde, Bounde, and Boundes, reflecting the fluidity of spelling during that time. One notable example is John de la Bunde, who is listed in the Feet of Fines for Essex in 1248.

The BOUNDS surname also has connections to place names in England. For instance, there is a village called Bound's Green in the London Borough of Haringey, which may have been named after an early bearer of the surname who owned land or resided in the area.

As the name spread throughout England, it gained further variations, including Bound, Boundes, and Boundys. In the 14th century, a John Boundys is recorded in the Subsidy Rolls of Worcestershire in 1327.

Several notable individuals have borne the BOUNDS surname throughout history. One example is Sir William Bounds (1563-1622), an English merchant and philanthropist who served as Lord Mayor of London in 1617. Another is Reverend Philip Bounds (1670-1747), an English clergyman and author who wrote extensively on theological subjects.

In the 19th century, Robert Bounds (1802-1884) was a British architect known for designing several churches and other buildings in London. Additionally, Edwin Bounds (1836-1900) was a British businessman and politician who served as a Member of Parliament for Bedfordshire from 1892 to 1900.

The BOUNDS surname has also been prominent in the United States. One notable figure was Samuel Bounds (1827-1911), an American Baptist preacher and author who wrote several influential books on prayer and spiritual life.

Race and ethnic origin of people with the last name Bounds

We also have some data on the ancestry of people with the surname Bounds.

The below race categories are the modified race categories used in the Census Bureau's population estimates program. All people were categorized into six mutually exclusive racial and Hispanic origin groups:

  1. White only
  2. Black only
  3. American Indian and Alaskan Native only
  4. Asian and Pacific Islander only
  5. Hispanic
  6. Two or More Races

For the most recent 2010 census data, the race/ethnic origin breakdown for Bounds was:

Race/Ethnicity Percentage Total Occurrences
Non-Hispanic White Only 82.89% 6,598
Non-Hispanic Black Only 11.47% 913
Non-Hispanic Asian and Pacific Islander Only 0.55% 44
Non-Hispanic American Indian and Alaskan Native 0.63% 50
Non-Hispanic of Two or More Races 2.11% 168
Hispanic Origin 2.35% 187

Note: Any fields showing (S) means the data was suppressed for privacy so that the data does not in any way identify any specific individuals.

Since we have data from the previous census in 2000, we can also compare the values to see how the popularity of Bounds has changed in the 10 years between the two census surveys.

2010 2000 Change (%)
White 82.89% 84.67% -2.12%
Black 11.47% 11.42% 0.44%
Asian and Pacific Islander 0.55% 0.47% 15.69%
American Indian and Alaskan Native 0.63% 0.68% -7.63%
Two or More Races 2.11% 1.39% 41.14%
Hispanic 2.35% 1.37% 52.69%

Data source

The last name data and ethnic breakdown of last names is sourced directly from the Decennial Census survey, conducted every 10 years by the United States Census Bureau.

The history and meaning of the name Bounds was researched and written by our team of onomatology and genealogy experts.

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