Bohn History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

Bavaria, Germany is the original homeland of the Bohn family. Bohn is a patronymic name, a type of surname that derived from the given name of the father of the original bearer. Bohn was derived from the Germanic personal name Bono, which is in turn derived from the Old Nordic word bon, which means demand or petition.

Early Origins of the Bohn family

The surname Bohn was first found in Bavaria, where the family contributed greatly to the development of an emerging nation.

Important Dates for the Bohn family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bohn research. Another 80 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1835, 1640 and 1718 are included under the topic Early Bohn History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Bohn Spelling Variations

Many cultural groups lived in the German states in medieval times. Each had its own dialect and traditions, and unique variations of popular names. Low German, which is similar to contemporary Dutch, was spoken in Westphalia. German names are characterized by additions such as regional suffixes and phrases that tell something about the origin or background of its original bearer. Further contributing to the variation in German names was the fact that there were no spelling rules in medieval times: scribes recorded names according to their sound. The recorded spelling variations of Bohn include Bohn, Bohen, Boehn, Bohenn, Bohne, Bohene, Bohenne, Boen, Boene, Boenn, Boenne, Boehne and many more.

Early Notables of the Bohn family (pre 1700)

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Bohn migration to the United States

Between the mid-17th and mid-20th centuries, German settlers arrived in North America by the thousands. Persecution based on religion and poverty were great motivators in this large-scale migration. So too was the opportunity for tenant farmers to own their own land. Ample land and opportunity awaited the settlers who went to such states as Pennsylvania, Texas, New York, Illinois, and California, as well as Ontario and the prairie provinces of Canada. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Bohn or a variant listed above:

Bohn Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Betu Bohn, who, according to immigration lists, was the first Bohn member to arrive in North America, settling in Pennsylvania in 1728
  • Adam Bohn, aged 27, who settled in Philadelphia in 1736
  • Henrich Thielemann Bohn, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1740 [1]
  • Peter Tielmann Bohn, who arrived in America in 1740 [1]
  • Johan Jacob Bohn, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1742 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Bohn Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Mrs. Nikolaus Bohn, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1828 [1]
  • Heinrich E Bohn, aged 42, who landed in Missouri in 1840 [1]
  • A Bohn, aged 35, who landed in New York, NY in 1847 [1]
  • Riemert Bohn, who arrived in Missouri in 1848
  • Riemert Bohn, aged 29, who landed in Missouri in 1848 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Bohn Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Joseph Bohn, who arrived in Alabama in 1913 [1]
  • Maria Bohn, who landed in Alabama in 1929 [1]
  • Franz Bohn, who arrived in Alabama in 1929 [1]

Bohn migration to Canada

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Bohn Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Carl F Bohn, who arrived in Quebec in 1850

Contemporary Notables of the name Bohn (post 1700)

  • Brigadier-General John James Bohn (1889-1983), American Chief of Staff II Corps (1942) [2]
  • Jason Bohn (b. 1973), American professional (PGA) golfer
  • John Augustus Bohn Jr. (b. 1937), American banker and lawyer in California
  • William Chanler Bohn (b. 1921), American audio-acoustic consultant
  • John L Bohn (1872-1955), American politician, mayor of Milwaukee, Wisconsin (1942-1948)
  • Frank Probasco Bohn (1866-1944), American politician, member of the US House of Representatives from Michigan
  • Carsten Bohn (b. 1948), German musician
  • Hans Bohn (1891-1980), German graphic artist and typographer
  • Karl Erik Bohn (1965-2014), Norwegian teacher and team handball player and coach
  • Henry George Bohn (1796-1884), British publisher

Historic Events for the Bohn family

Bismarck
  • Horst Bohn (1923-1941), German Matrose who served aboard the German Battleship Bismarck during World War II when it was sunk heading to France; he died in the sinking [3]
  • Heinz Bohn (1919-1941), German Matrose who served aboard the German Battleship Bismarck during World War II when it was sunk heading to France; he died in the sinking [3]

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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. ^ Generals of World War II. (Retrieved 2011, October 22) John Bohn. Retrieved from http://generals.dk/general/Bohn/John_James/USA.html
  3. ^ Bismarck & Tirpitz Class - Crew List Bismarck. (Retrieved 2018, February 06). Retrieved from https://www.bismarck-class.dk/bismarck/crew/bismarck_crew.html#crew_details
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