Bohnet History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Bavaria, Germany is the original homeland of the Bohnet family. Bohnet is a patronymic name, a type of surname that derived from the given name of the father of the original bearer. Bohnet 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 Bohnet family

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

Early History of the Bohnet family

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

Bohnet 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 Bohnet include Bohn, Bohen, Boehn, Bohenn, Bohne, Bohene, Bohenne, Boen, Boene, Boenn, Boenne, Boehne and many more.

Early Notables of the Bohnet family (pre 1700)

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United States Bohnet 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 Bohnet or a variant listed above:

Bohnet Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Tobias Bohnet, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1773 [1]

Contemporary Notables of the name Bohnet (post 1700) +

  • Dave Bohnet, American actor, known for Survivor (2010), Darker Side of the Moon (2014) and Baby Talk (2014)
  • John Kelly Bohnet (b. 1961), American former Major League Baseball pitcher who played for one season for the Cleveland Indians in 1982
  • Iris Bohnet, American professor and author at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University
  • Susanne Bohnet, German former director of Equity Pictures, the second largest film fund in Germany
  • Folker Bohnet (b. 1937), German actor and director from Berlin, known for The Bridge (1959), Der Kaufmann von Venedig (1968) and Großer Mann was nun? (1967)


  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)


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