The name Uncommon Bonds and the foundation of the group can be traced back to June 1998, when a group of people of like minds gathered for the first time, pretty much single-handedly organised by Nigel.

The Uncommon Bonds name, the first run of business cards advertising the group and the UB logo were the product of Nigel. Also present at the first munch were Master Sin and his then partner, Charles the Normal, SteveK,  and one or two others. Silk Witch was unable to attend, but was there ‘in spirit’

From there, the group slowly grew, as more people found out about it. Munches became a thing, people ran parties in their own homes, and people shared skills as the knowledge base widened. A mailing list, initially on Yahoo Groups, began in August 2000.

The first Uncommon Bonds website went up in 2001.

The first Spanks party was held in 2003, and has been an annual feature ever since.

Uncommon Bonds has also had a presence at the Christchurch Fetish Ball for many years, since at least 2005.