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Where did the English Bomar family come from? What is the English Bomar family crest and coat of arms? When did the Bomar family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Bomar family history?


Before the last few hundred years the English language had no fixed system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations occurred commonly in Anglo Norman surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Bomar were recorded, including Bonner, Boner, Bonners, Bonar, Bonnar, Bonare and many more.

First found in Yorkshire where they held a family seat from early times after the Norman Conquest in 1066.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bomar research. Another 461 words (33 lines of text) covering the years 1273, 1281, 1451, 1500, 1569, and 1700 are included under the topic Early Bomar History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 85 words (6 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Bomar Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the Bomar family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 91 words (6 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.


The unstable environment in England at this time caused numerous families to board ships and leave in search of opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad in places like Ireland, Australia, and particularly the New World. The voyage was extremely difficult, however, and only taken at great expense. The cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels caused many to arrive diseased and starving, not to mention destitute from the enormous cost. Still opportunity in the emerging nations of Canada and the United States was far greater than at home and many went on to make important contributions to the cultures of their adopted countries. An examination of many early immigration records reveals that people bearing the name Bomar arrived in North America very early:

Bomar Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Estienne Bomar, who arrived in Virginia in 1700

Bomar Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • M B Bomar, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1850
  • Thomas Bomar, aged 29, landed in New York in 1862
  • Anna Bomar, aged 17, who landed in America, in 1896

Bomar Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Joseph Bomar, aged 38, who settled in America from London, in 1902
  • Stella Bomar, who emigrated to America, in 1903
  • David T. Bomar, aged 46, who emigrated to the United States, in 1907
  • Mildred Bomar, aged 41, who landed in America, in 1908
  • Mallie Bomar, aged 15, who emigrated to the United States, in 1923


  • Mary Amelia Bomar, English-born, American 17th Director of the National Park Service of the United States
  • Robert Lynn Bomar (1901-1964), American NFL football end
  • Scott Bomar (b. 1974), American Emmy Award winning film composer, Grammy nominated music producer
  • Benjamin Franklin Bomar (1816-1868), American politician, 2nd mayor of Atlanta, Georgia
  • Rhett Matthew Bomar (b. 1985), American NFL football quarterback


The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Semper fidelis
Motto Translation: Always faithful.


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The Bomar Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Bomar 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.

This page was last modified on 11 August 2014 at 10:04.

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