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Where did the English Bonas family come from? What is the English Bonas family crest and coat of arms? When did the Bonas family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Bonas family history?
Spelling variations of this family name include: Bowness, Bownass, Bownas, Bonas, Bonass, Boness, Bownys, Bownyss, Bowniss and many more.
First found in Cumbria where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. The Saxon influence of English history diminished after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed. But Saxon surnames survived and the family name was first referenced in the year 1592 when William Bowness held estates in Yorkshire, where the family name had moved from its origin in Westmorland. Bowness, an ancient town on Windermere is famous for its relics including the stained glass in the Church of St.Martin which is identified with the Cartmel Priory in Furness.
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Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: George Bowness, on record in Virginia in 1787; Nancy Bowness, who came to Philadelphia in 1801; Robert Bowness, who arrived in Prince Edward Island in 1827.
The Bonas Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Bonas Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.
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