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

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Spelling variations of this family name include: 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.


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

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More information is included under the topic Early Bonar Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Bonar family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 143 words(10 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Bonar Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • Hugh Bonar settled in Charles Town [Charleston], South Carolina in 1767

Bonar Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • John Bonar, who landed in New York, NY in 1811
  • Patrick Bonar, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1817
  • Ann Bonar, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1847
  • John and Michael Bonar landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1847 and 1879 respectively
  • John and Michael Bonar, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1847 and 1879 respectively

Bonar Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century


  • Grace Bonar, who arrived in St. John's in 1850
  • Eliza and Francis Bonar, who landed in St. John's in 1860 and 1861

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  • John Bonar (1886-1963), Yugoslavia-born, American Academy Award nominated set decorator in the 1940s, best known for his work on The Picture of Dorian Gray (1945)
  • Haley Bonar (b. 1983), Canadian-born, American alternative country singer-songwriter
  • Reyman Edward "Bud" Bonar (1906-1970), American football player and coach
  • Thomson Bonar (d. 1814), Scottish wine-merchant who married the daughter of the engraver Andrew Bell, co-founder of the Encyclopędia Britannica; Bonar helped with the publication and held copyrights for portions of the work
  • Paul Bonar (b. 1976), Scottish former professional footballer
  • James Alexander Bonar (1840-1901), Scottish-born, New Zealand merchant, shipping agent, company director and politician, the first Mayor of Hokitika
  • James Bonar (1852-1941), Scottish civil servant, political economist and historian of economic thought
  • Andrew Alexander Bonar (1810-1892), Scottish minister of the Free Church of Scotland, youngest brother of Horatius Bonar
  • Horatius Bonar (1808-1889), Scottish clergyman and hymnist
  • Ian Bonar, British actor, known for his roles in Skyfall (2012), Atonement (2007) and How to Lose Friends & Alienate People (2008)

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  2. Barrow, G.W.S Ed. The Charters of David I The Written Acts of David I King of Scots, 1124-53 and of His Son Henry, Earl of Northumerland, 1139-52. Woodbridge: The Boydell Press, 1999. Print.
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  9. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1970. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
  10. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
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The Bonar Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Bonar 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 23 December 2014 at 08:01.

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