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Bonnett History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms


Origins Available: English , French , German


The name Bonnett evolved in ancient Germany in the state of Bavaria. It is a patronymic name. Patronymics are derived from the given name of the father of the bearer. Names derived from the name of the mother of the bearer, which are less common, are called metronymic names. Patronymic names were generally formed from traditional, German given names, rather than the names of saints or biblical figures, as is the custom in many other European cultures. Bonnett comes from the Latin personal name Bonitus, a derivative of the word bonus, which means good. The name was originally a French occupational name for a milliner, or a nickname for a wearer of unusual headgear, derived from the Old French word bonnet, which means bonnet or hat. However, the name spread to Bavaria during the 16th and 17th centuries, a period of widespread European migration. The Bonnett family emerged as a noble family in Bavaria and it had numerous distinguished branches. Furthermore, the Bonnett family become noted for its involvement in the social, economic and political development of the region.


Early Origins of the Bonnett family


The surname Bonnett was first found in Bavaria, where the name Bonnet was closely identified in early mediaeval times with the feudal society of early European history. The name would later emerge as a noble family with great influence, having many distinguished branches, and become noted for its involvement in social, economic and political affairs.

Early History of the Bonnett family


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Bonnett Spelling Variations


One can encounter great variation in the spelling of surnames: in early times, spelling in general, and thus the spelling of names was not yet standardized; and later, spellings would change with branching and movement of families. Variations of the name Bonnett include Bonnet, Bonnett, Bonett, Bonnette, Bonette and many more.

Early Notables of the Bonnett family (pre 1700)


Prominent among members of the name Bonnett in this period include Charles Bonnet (1720-1793), Swiss naturalist and philosophical writer. Although he chose law as his profession, his first love was natural science, publishing several...
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Migration of the Bonnett family to the New World and Oceana


The great European flow of migration to North America, which began in the middle of the 17th century and continued into the 20th century, was particularly attractive to those from Bavaria who wished to escape either poverty or religious persecution. For many Bavarian tenant farmers, the chance to own their own land was a major incentive. So the widespread colonization of the United States began in 1650, when many immigrants from Germany settled in pockets in Pennsylvania, Texas, New York, Illinois, and California. In Canada, German settlement centered in Ontario and the prairie provinces. Among those of this surname listed in various historical records were:

Bonnett Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Thomas Bonnett, who settled in Barbados in 1680

Bonnett Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Daniel Bonnett who settled in New York State in 1700
  • Jacques Bonnett, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1733 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  • Jean Philipp Bonnett, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1736 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  • Peter Bonnett who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1737
  • Peter Bonnett, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1737 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
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Bonnett Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • John Bonnett, English convict from Cambridge, who was transported aboard the "Adelaide" on August 08, 1849, settling in Van Diemen's Land and Port Phillip, Australia [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 17) Adelaide voyage to Van Diemen's Land and Port Phillip, Australia in 1849 with 303 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/adelaide/1849

Contemporary Notables of the name Bonnett (post 1700)


  • Lawrence Neil Bonnett (1946-1994), American NASCAR driver
  • Robert "Bob" Bonnett (1933-2018), Australian rules footballer who played with the Port Melbourne Football Club (1952-1953)
  • Robert Noel Bonnett OBE (1916-1994), Australian politician, Member of the Australian Parliament for Herbert (1966-1977)
  • Piedad Bonnett (b. 1951), Colombian poet, playwright and novelist

Suggested Readings for the name Bonnett


  • Recollections of Lewis Bonnett, Jr. (1778-1850) and the Bonnett and Wetzel Families by Jared C. Lobdell.

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Citations


  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 17) Adelaide voyage to Van Diemen's Land and Port Phillip, Australia in 1849 with 303 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/adelaide/1849


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