Bomar History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Bomar family

The surname Bomar was first found in Herefordshire where Bonner is an ancient name. "As Boner and Bonere, it occurred in Oxfordshire and Huntingdonshire in the reign of Edward I." [1]

Early History of the Bomar family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bomar research. Another 231 words (16 lines of text) covering the years 1281, 1281, 1700, 1451, 1273, 1500, 1569, 1548 and 1548 are included under the topic Early Bomar History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Bomar Spelling Variations

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.

Early Notables of the Bomar family (pre 1700)

Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Edmund Bonner (c.1500-1569), Bishop of London, who became known as Bloody Bonner for his role in the persecution of heretics under the Catholic government of Mary I of England. He was later...
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Ireland Migration of the Bomar family to Ireland

Some of the Bomar family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 51 words (4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Bomar migration to the United States +

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 [2]
Bomar Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • M B Bomar, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1850 [2]
  • Thomas Bomar, aged 29, who landed in New York in 1862 [2]
  • 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 immigrated to America, in 1903
  • David T. Bomar, aged 46, who immigrated to the United States, in 1907
  • Mildred Bomar, aged 41, who landed in America, in 1908
  • Mallie Bomar, aged 15, who immigrated to the United States, in 1923

Contemporary Notables of the name Bomar (post 1700) +

  • 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
  • Chester Bomar Himes (1909-1984), American writer


The Bomar Motto +

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.


  1. ^ Guppy, Henry Brougham, Homes of Family Names in Great Britain. 1890. Print.
  2. ^ 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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