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The surname Bonaparte was first found in Florence (Italian: Firenze), originally the capital of Tuscany, then capital of the kingdom of Italy. On the River Arno there are numerous Florentine Churches, Museums, Galleries. It dates back to 313 A.D. The history is complex and turbulent. The de' Medici family are the notables. They were expelled in 1494 but they returned in 1512, out in 1527 and then returned. In those ancient times only persons of rank, the podesta, clergy, city officials, army officers, artists, landowners were entered into the records. To be recorded at this time, at the beginning of recorded history, was of itself a great distinction and indicative of noble ancestry.

Spelling variations of this family name include: Bonaparte, Bonaparti, Bonapart, Bonepart, Bonnepart and many more.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bonaparte research. Another 227 words (16 lines of text) covering the years 1769, 1771, and 1821 are included under the topic Early Bonaparte History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Bonaparte Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Joseph Bonaparte, who landed in New York in 1825

Bonaparte Settlers in United States in the 20th Century


  • Achille Bonaparte, aged 23, who emigrated to the United States from Cleto, in 1901
  • Ferdinando Bonaparte, aged 18, who settled in America from Magisano, in 1902
  • Emanuele Bonaparte, aged 17, who emigrated to the United States from Pesaro, in 1905
  • Carolina Le Roy Bonaparte, aged 69, who landed in America, in 1910
  • Angelo Bonaparte, aged 19, who landed in America from Novicara, Italy, in 1911


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  • Elizabeth Patterson Bonaparte (1785-1879), American first wife of Emperor Napoleon I of France
  • Charles Joseph Bonaparte, American lawyer and political leader
  • Joseph Bonaparte, French Divisional General during the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars from 1789 to 1815
  • Louis Bonaparte, French Divisional General during the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars from 1789 to 1815
  • Jérôme Bonaparte, French Divisional General during the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars from 1789 to 1815
  • Marie Léon Bonaparte (1882-1962), French psychoanalyst, founding member of the Paris Psychoanalytic Society, and princess of Greece and Denmark
  • Napolean Joseph Charles Paul Bonaparte (1822-1891), French politician
  • Prince Lucien Bonaparte (1775-1840), French prince of Canino
  • King Louis Bonaparte (1778-1846), French King of Holland
  • King Joseph Bonaparte (1768-1844), French King of Naples, Sicily and Spain

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  2. Colletta, John P. Finding Italian Roots The Complete Guide for Americans. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 2003. Print.
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  6. Battilana, Natale, Ed. Genealogie Dello Famiglie Nobili di Genova. Genova: Fratelli Pagano, 1825. Print.
  7. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  8. Rasmussen, Louis J. . San Francisco Ship Passenger Lists 4 Volumes Colma, California 1965 Reprint. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1978. Print.
  9. Guelfi Camajani, Piero. Dizionario Araldico 1940 Reprint Arnoaldo Forni. Milan: 1978. Print.
  10. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
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