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Where did the English Bonney family come from? What is the English Bonney family crest and coat of arms? When did the Bonney family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Bonney family history?The Bonney family's name is derived from the ancient Norman culture that was established in Britain following the Norman Conquest of island in 1066. Their name originated with an early member who was a handsome person, especially one who is large or well built. The name comes from the Norman word bonnie, a common nickname for an attractive person. This word possibly derives from the Old French bon, which means good or fine, although the movement is not clear.
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 Bonney include Bonnett, Bonney, Bonnet, Bonny, Bonnie and others.
First found in Bedfordshire and Leicestershire, where they had been granted lands by King William. They were originally seated in St. Bonnet in Normandy in the arrondisement of Calvados.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bonney research. Another 91 words(6 lines of text) covering the years 1620, 1688, 1718, 1702 and 1782 are included under the topic Early Bonney History in all our PDF Extended History products.
Another 141 words(10 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Bonney Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
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 Bonneys to arrive on North American shores:
Bonney Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century
- Henry Bonney, who came to Virginia in 1636
- Henry Bonney, who arrived in Virginia in 1636
- Thomas Bonney, who arrived in New England in 1645
Bonney Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century
- Joseph Bonney, who settled in Virginia in 1773
Bonney Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century
- Harriet Bonney, who landed in New York, NY in 1811
- Samuel Bonney, who arrived in New York, NY in 1811
- Sarah Bonney, who landed in New York, NY in 1811
- J P Bonney, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1850
- E B Bonney, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851
- Barbara Bonney (b. 1956), American opera singer from Montclair, New Jersey
- Leonard Warden Bonney (1884-1928), American pioneering aviator who flew for the Wright Exhibition Team
- Raymond Leroy Bonney (1892-1920), American silver medalist ice hockey player at the 1920 Summer Olympics
- Thérèse Bonney (1894-1978), American photographer and publicist, best knonw for her work during World War II on the Russian-Finnish front
- Thomas George Bonney (1833-1923), English geologist, Professor of geology at University College London (1877 to 1901), eponym of Lake Bonney, Antarctica
- Richard Bonney (b. 1947), English historian and priest
- Henry Kaye Bonney D.D. (1780-1862), English churchman and author
- Maude Rose "Lores" Bonney (1897-1994), Australian pioneer aviatrix, who flew solo from Brisbane, Australia, to London, England in 1938
- Charles Bonney (1813-1897), English-born pioneer and politician in Australia
- John Bonney (b. 1946), former Australian rules footballer
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The Bonney Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Bonney 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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