Bainaley History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
Early Origins of the Bainaley family
The surname Bainaley was first found in Midlothian, where they held a family seat from ancient times.
Early History of the Bainaley family
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Bainaley Spelling Variations
In the Middle Ages, no real standards were established to judge the accuracy of spelling and translation. They were done mostly by ear and intuition, and enormous numbers of spelling variations were the unsurprising result. Bainaley has appeared as Bonally, Bonelly, Bonallo, Bonalo, Bonaly, Bonnella, Bonela, Bonello and many more.
Early Notables of the Bainaley family (pre 1700)
Notable amongst the family at this time was David Bonallo, an unusual spelling but not an exception in Scottish surnames, e.g. Dalgarno and Dalgarto.
James Bonnell (1653-1699), was Accountant-General of Ireland, "a man eminent for his saintly life, was...
Migration of the Bainaley family
North America was far from Britain's oppressive monarchy. There, the Scottish found land and freedom, and many even the opportunity to pay back England in the American War of Independence. This brave heritage survives today largely in Clan societies and other patriotic Scottish organizations. Research into passenger and immigration lists has brought forth evidence of the early members of the Bainaley family in North America: Alexander Bonaley who settled in Virginia in 1624.