The English surname Bonds is a status name for a peasant farmer or husbandman. The name Bonds is derived from the Middle English term bonde and the Old English terms bonda, and bunda, reinforced by Old Norse bóndi meaning a peasant farmer. The Old Norse word was also in use as a personal name, so the name may also be of patronymic origin meaning son of or descendent of Bond. The first written reference to the name Bond is on the Domesday Book of 1086 where it is recorded in Somerset.
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