The Boneham surname is derived from the Old French words "bon" and "homme," in turn from the Latin "bonus homo" both of which literally meant "good man," but also came to mean a "peasant farmer."
Early Origins of the Boneham family
The surname Boneham was first found in Bedfordshire
(Old English: Bedanfordscir), located in Southeast-central England
, formerly part of the Anglo-Saxon
kingdom of Mercia, where they held a family seat
from ancient times.
Early History of the Boneham family
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Boneham Spelling Variations
It is only in the last few hundred
years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon
surnames like Boneham are characterized by many spelling variations
. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. The variations of the name Boneham include: Bonham, Bonhume, Bonhomme, Bonhom, Bonhome, Bonum, Bonem and many more.
Early Notables of the Boneham family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Boneham family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Boneham Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- Henry Boneham, aged 33, a labourer, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Oxford" in 1874
- Fanny Boneham, aged 25, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Oxford" in 1874
- Charles Boneham, aged 3, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Oxford" in 1874
- Henry Boneham, aged 3 mths., who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Oxford" in 1874
Historic Events for the Boneham family
- Mr. Norman Boneham (b. 1905), English Marine serving for the Royal Marine from Coventry, England, who sailed into battle and died in the sinking CITATION[CLOSE]
H.M.S. Hood Association-Battle Cruiser Hood: Crew Information - H.M.S. Hood Rolls of Honour, Men Lost in the Sinking of H.M.S. Hood, 24th May 1941. (Retrieved 2016, July 15) . Retrieved from http://www.hmshood.com/crew/memorial/roh_24may41.htm