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

From the historical and enchanting region of France emerged a multitude of notable family names, including that of the distinguished Bonneau family. Originally, the people in this region went by one (personal) name. Surnames evolved during the Middle Ages when people began to assume an extra name to avoid confusion and to further identify themselves. These names then began to become "fixed" or hereditary between the generations. One of the types of names adopted as surnames were those derived from nicknames. Nickname surnames were derived from an eke-name, or added name, and generally reflected some physical characteristics or other attribute of the first person that used the name. The Bonneau surname derives from the Old French term of endearment "bonye," meaning "the good little one." It has also been suggested that the surname stems from the medieval personal name Bonellus.


Spelling variations of this family name include: Bonneau, Bonneault, Bonnet, Bonnaud and others.

First found in Lorraine, where they held a family seat from very early times in the arrondisement of Meuse.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bonneau research. Another 495 words(35 lines of text) covering the years 1642, 1668, 1703, 1720, 1765, and 1793 are included under the topic Early Bonneau History in all our PDF Extended History products.


More information is included under the topic Early Bonneau Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Bonneau Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century

  • Louis Bonneau, who landed in New York in 1690

Bonneau Settlers in the United States in the 20th Century

  • Marie Bonneau, aged 23, who emigrated to America from Paris, in 1900
  • Victorine Bonneau, aged 40, who emigrated to the United States from Paris, in 1903
  • Julis Eugene Bonneau, aged 31, who emigrated to the United States from Paris, France, in 1911
  • Louis Bonneau, aged 42, who landed in America from Paris, France, in 1918
  • Georges Bonneau, aged 28, who emigrated to the United States from Rochefort, France, in 1918


  • Richard Bonneau, American computational biologist
  • Paul Bonneau (1918-1995), French composer of classical music
  • Gilles Yves Bonneau (1941-2002), Quebec composer
  • Roland Bonneau, Professor of Chemistry at the Université de Bordeaux, France
  • Jimmy Bonneau (b. 1985), Canadian NHL ice hockey player
  • Stéphane Bonneau (b. 1961), Canadian tennis player


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The Bonneau Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Bonneau 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.

This page was last modified on 20 September 2014 at 17:51.

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