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


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

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.


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.


Another 25 words(2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Bonaparte Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


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


  • Charles Joseph Bonaparte, American lawyer and political leader
  • Elizabeth Patterson Bonaparte (1785-1879), American first wife of Emperor Napoleon I of France
  • Marie Léon Bonaparte (1882-1962), French psychoanalyst, founding member of the Paris Psychoanalytic Society, and princess of Greece and Denmark
  • Queen Maria Annunciata Caroline Bonaparte (1782-1839), French Queen of Naples
  • Charles Marie Bonaparte (1746-1785), French lawyer
  • Duchess Marie-Anne Élisa Bonaparte (1777-1820), French Grand Duchess of Tuscany
  • King Jérôme Bonaparte (1784-1860), French King of Westphalia
  • King Joseph Bonaparte (1768-1844), French King of Naples, Sicily and Spain
  • King Louis Bonaparte (1778-1846), French King of Holland
  • Prince Lucien Bonaparte (1775-1840), French prince of Canino



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  1. Rolland, and H.V. Rolland. Illustrations to the Armorial Général by J.B. Rietstap. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today, 1967. Print. (ISBN 0-0900455-209).
  2. Rietstap, Johannes Baptist. Armorial Général. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  3. Rasmussen, Louis J. . San Francisco Ship Passenger Lists 4 Volumes Colma, California 1965 Reprint. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1978. Print.
  4. Guelfi Camajani, Piero. Dizionario Araldico 1940 Reprint Arnoaldo Forni. Milan: 1978. Print.
  5. Bentley, Elizabeth P. Passenger Arrivals at the Port of New York 1820-1829. Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1999. Print.
  6. Annuaire Général Héraldique Universel. Paris: Institut Héraldique, 1901. Print.
  7. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  8. Stiens, Robert E. Passenger list Italy to New York 1893 In Italian Genealogist. Torrance, CA: Augustan Society No 3, 1983. Print.
  9. Colletta, John P. Finding Italian Roots The Complete Guide for Americans. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 2003. Print.
  10. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
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The Bonaparte Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Bonaparte 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 February 2015 at 15:48.

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