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The surname Bon was created from the personal name Bona, which is derived from the Latin name Bonus, which means "good." The popularity of the personal name Bonus, was in part due to the name being borne by a 3rd-century Christian saint, martyred at Rome.

Early Origins of the Bon family

The surname Bon was first found in the city of Milan, where earliest records are of the Bonacina family in 1220.

Early History of the Bon family

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Bon Spelling Variations

Enormous variation in spelling and form characterizes those Italian names that originated in the medieval era. This is caused by two main factors: regional tradition, and inaccuracies in the recording process. Before the last few hundred years, scribes spelled names according to their sounds. Spelling variations were the unsurprising result. The variations of Bon include Boni, Bono, Bona, Bon, Buono, De Boni, De Bonis, De Bono, De Buono, Del Bono, Della Bona, Del Buono, Di Bono, Lo Bono, Lobono, Lo Buono, Bonelli, Bonello, Boniello, Bonetti, Bonetto, Bonet, Bonini, Bonino, Bonin, Bonucci, Bonuccelli, Bonioli, Boniolo, Bonotti, Boniotti, Boniotto, Bononi, Bonon, Bonacci, Bonaccio, Bonaccini, Bonazzi, Bonazza, Bonassi, Bonassini, Bonassin, Bonassili, Bonaca, Bonaga, Bonaghi, Bonaldi, Bonaldo, Bonaudo, Bonani, Bonandi, Bonardi, Bonati, Bonato, Bonatti, Boneri, Boneschi, Bonacina, Bonico, Bonici, Bonichi, Bonicelli, Bonicco, Bonito, Bonutti and many more.

Early Notables of the Bon family

Prominent among bearers of this family in early times was

  • Bartolomeo Bono (c.1463-1529), a Lombard architect who worked in Venice and designed parts of the Piazza di San Marco
  • Giacomo Boni (1688-1766), Italian painter of the late-Baroque period, who worked mostly in Genoa. Egidio Boni, born in Cortona in 1350, dedicated his life to the church and eventually became the Bisho...
  • the Boni family of Florence produced 12 priests
  • Bartolomeo Bonino was Bishop of Sebenco from 1495 to 1512
  • members of the Bon family in Venice were castle owners during the 15th and 16th centuries
  • Giovanni Boni was a count and nobleman in Rome in 1565
  • Andrea Boni was a Florentine banker in the 16th century. Giovanni Bona of Genoa, was made Cardinal in 1669
  • Giacomo Antonio Boni was a famous painter in Bologna around 1688
  • Pietro Giuseppe Gaetano Boni of Bologna was an ecclesiastic and talented musician in the 17th century
  • Mauro Boni was a distinguished citizen in Bergamo in the 18th century
  • Giacomo Boni was a prominent architect in Venice in 1859. Giovanni Bonazza,(1654-1736) was a prominent sculptor active in Padua

Bon Ranking

In France, the name Bon is the 510th most popular surname with an estimated 8,812 people with that name. [1]

United States Bon migration to the United States +

The records on immigrants and ships' passengers show a number of people bearing the name Bon:

Bon Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Berman Bon, who settled in Germantown in 1691
  • Herman Bon, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1691 [2]
  • Peter Bon came with his wife, Gerritje, to Germantown in 1696
Bon Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Louiss Bon, who settled in Virginia in 1700
  • Louiss Bon, who arrived in Jamestown, Va in 1700 [2]
  • Louisa Bon, who landed in Virginia in 1700 [2]
  • Wentell Bon, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1737 [2]
  • John Peter Bon, who settled in Philadelphia in 1752
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Bon Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Alfonso Bon, who arrived in New Spain in 1838 [2]
  • Bernabe De Bon, who landed in Puerto Rico in 1872 [2]

Australia Bon migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Bon Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • John Bon, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Birman" in 1840 [3]

Contemporary Notables of the name Bon (post 1700) +

  • Adelbert Du Bon (b. 1878), American Republican politician, Member of Connecticut State House of Representatives from Windsor, 1919-20 [4]
  • Bartolomeo Bon, Italian sculptor and architect
  • Christophe Bon d'Estournelles, French Brigadier General during the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars from 1789 to 1815 [5]
  • Louis André Bon, French Divisional General during the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars from 1789 to 1815 [6]
  • Antoine Louis Charles Bon, University Professor, Paris
  • Henri Bon (b. 1941), French physician and parapsychologist
  • Naftali Bon, Kenyan runner
  • Michel Bon, French businessman and politician
  • Louis André Bon, French general
  • François Bon, French novelist

  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)
  3. State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) BIRMAN 1840. Retrieved from
  4. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 13) . Retrieved from
  5. Generals Who Served in the French Army during the Period 1789-1815. (Retrieved 2015, February 11) Christophe Bon. Retrieved from
  6. Generals Who Served in the French Army during the Period 1789-1815. (Retrieved 2015, February 11) Louis Bon. Retrieved from on Facebook