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An excerpt from www.HouseOfNames.com archives copyright 2000 - 2014

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Where did the English Bone family come from? What is the English Bone family crest and coat of arms? When did the Bone family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Bone family history?

The name Bone reached England in the great wave of migration following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Bone family lived in Sussex. Their name, however, does not refer to that area, but to their former place of residence, the town of Bohun, in the French maritime department of La Manche, in western Normandy.

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Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, Norman French and other languages became incorporated into English throughout the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Bone include Bohon, Bohun, Bone, Boon, Boone, Bohan, Bound and many more.

First found in Sussex, where they had been granted lands by King William after the Norman Conquest in 1066.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bone research. Another 311 words(22 lines of text) covering the years 1176, 1220, 1st , 1215, 1275, 1st , 1298, 1342, 1373, 1368, 1394, 1587, 1660, 1645, 1699 and 1698 are included under the topic Early Bone History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 247 words(18 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Bone Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Bone family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 137 words(10 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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In England at this time, the uncertainty of the political and religious environment of the time caused many families to board ships for distant British colonies in the hopes of finding land and opportunity, and escaping persecution. The voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, though, and many arrived in North America sick, starved, and destitute. Those who did make it, however, were greeted with greater opportunities and freedoms that they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Early immigration records have shown some of the first Bones to arrive on North American shores:

Bone Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century


  • Wm Bone, who arrived in Virginia in 1642
  • William Bone settled in Virginia in 1643
  • Ann Bone, who settled in Virginia in 1663
  • Jane Bone, who arrived in Virginia in 1664
  • Thomas Bone, who landed in Maryland in 1665

Bone Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century


  • John Bone, who arrived in Virginia in 1702
  • Adam Bone, aged 27, arrived in Pennsylvania in 1736
  • Stephen Bone, who arrived in New England in 1736
  • Hendrick Bone, aged 30, landed in Pennsylvania in 1739
  • John Bone settled in Maryland in 1747


Bone Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • A Bone, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851
  • Robert Bone, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851
  • Shadrach Bone, who landed in St Clair County, Illinois in 1858
  • Quentin Bone, aged 26, landed in America in 1867

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  • Scott Cordelle Bone (1921-1925), American politician, Governor of Alaska (1921-1925)
  • Rear Admiral Craig E Bone, American naval officer, Director of Inspection & Compliance, U.S. Coast Guard
  • Henry Bone (1755-1834), English enamel painter
  • Sir Muirhead Bone (1876-1953), Scottish artist
  • Jimmy Bone (b. 1949), Scottish footballer
  • Alex Bone (b. 1971), Scottish footballer
  • Tiberiu Bone (1929-1983), Romanian footballer
  • James Bone (1872-1962), British journalist and London editor of The Guardian


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  • History of the Bone Family of America: Descendants of William Bone I to the Mid-Nineteenth Century and Some of His Ancestors by Robert Gehlman Bone.
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  10. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
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The Bone Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Bone 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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