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


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

In the medieval era, many different cultural groups lived in the German states. There are thus many regional variations of German surnames from that era. Westphalians spoke Low German, which is similar to modern Dutch. Many German names carry suffixes that identify where they came from. Others have phrases attached that identify something about the original bearer. Other variations in German names resulted from the fact that medieval scribes worked without the aid of any spelling rules. The spelling variations of the name Bohne include Bohn, Bohen, Boehn, Bohenn, Bohne, Bohene, Bohenne, Boen, Boene, Boenn, Boenne, Boehne and many more.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bohne research. Another 159 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1835, 1640 and 1718 are included under the topic Early Bohne History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


More information is included under the topic Early Bohne Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


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 Bohne or a variant listed above:

Bohne Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Christoph Bohne, who landed in America in 1780

Bohne Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Nick Bohne, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1807
  • Bern Heinr Theodor Bohne, who arrived in New Orleans, La in 1843
  • Andreas Bohne, aged 24, landed in New York in 1854
  • Conrad Bohne, who landed in America in 1856

Bohne Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Eliza Bohne, aged 25, a cook, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Duke of Edinburgh" in 1873

  • Nicole "Nikki" Bohne, American singer, actress and dancer
  • Samuel Arthur Bohne (1896-1977), former American professional baseball player
  • Louis Bohne (d. 1821), German sales agent for Veuve Clicquot
  • Hermann Bohne (1890-1949), Norwegian Olympic gymnast

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    Other References

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    2. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
    3. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    4. Kneschke, Dr. Ernest Heinrich. Neues allgemeines Deutsches Adels-Lexicon 9 Volumes New General German Aristocracy Lexicon. Leipzig: Friedrich Voigt, 1859. Print.
    5. Fogleman, Aaron Spencer. Journeys German Immigration, Settlement and Political Culture in Colonial America 1717-1775. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1986. Print. (ISBN 978-0812215489).
    6. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
    7. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
    8. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
    9. Bahlow, Hans and Edda Gentry. Translation Dictionary of German Names 2nd Edition. Madison: University of Wisconsin, 2002. Print.
    10. Gritzner, M. Handbuch der heraldischen Terminologie in zwölf Zungen. Nürnberg: 1890. Print.
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    The Bohne Family Crest was acquired from the archives. The Bohne 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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