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Bonellay History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms



Early Origins of the Bonellay family


The surname Bonellay was first found in Midlothian, where they held a family seat from ancient times.

Early History of the Bonellay family


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Bonellay Spelling Variations


Spelling variations are extremely common among Scottish names dating from this era because the arts of spelling and translation were not yet standardized. Spelling was done by sound, and translation from Gaelic to English was generally quite careless. In different records, Bonellay has been spelled Bonally, Bonelly, Bonallo, Bonalo, Bonaly, Bonnella, Bonela, Bonello and many more.

Early Notables of the Bonellay family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the Bonellay family to the New World and Oceana


Those who made the voyage were greeted with ample opportunity to acquire land and a political climate far away from the oppressive monarchy of the old country. They settled along the east coast of what would become Canada and the United States. In the American War of Independence, those who remained loyal to England traveled north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. In this century, many Scots living in North America have begun to recover their rich heritage through festivals, highland games, and Clan societies. An examination of passenger and immigration lists has shown early immigrants bearing the name Bonellay: Alexander Bonaley who settled in Virginia in 1624.

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