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

The surname Bonelli was created from the personal name Bona, which is derived from the Latin name Bonus, which means "good." The popularity of the personal name Bonus, was in part due to the name being borne by a 3rd-century Christian saint, martyred at Rome.


There are many variations of most of those Italian names that originated in the medieval era. Some of these come from regional differences, like the tradition of ending northern names in "o" and southern names in "i". Others come from inaccuracies in the recording process, which were extremely common in the eras before dictionaries standardized spelling. Some of the spelling variations of Bonelli are Boni, Bono, Bona, Bon, Buono, De Boni, De Bonis, De Bono, De Buono, Del Bono, Della Bona, Del Buono, Di Bono, Lo Bono, Lobono, Lo Buono, Bonelli, Bonello, Boniello, Bonetti, Bonetto, Bonet, Bonini, Bonino, Bonin, Bonucci, Bonuccelli, Bonioli, Boniolo, Bonotti, Boniotti, Boniotto, Bononi, Bonon, Bonacci, Bonaccio, Bonaccini, Bonazzi, Bonazza, Bonassi, Bonassini, Bonassin, Bonassili, Bonaca, Bonaga, Bonaghi, Bonaldi, Bonaldo, Bonaudo, Bonani, Bonandi, Bonardi, Bonati, Bonato, Bonatti, Boneri, Boneschi, Bonacina, Bonico, Bonici, Bonichi, Bonicelli, Bonicco, Bonito, Bonutti and many more.

First found in the city of Milan, where earliest records are of the Bonacina family in 1220.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bonelli research. Another 33 words(2 lines of text) covering the years 1463, 1529, 1688, and 1766 are included under the topic Early Bonelli History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 331 words(24 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Bonelli Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


In the immigration and passenger lists were a number of people bearing the name Bonelli

Bonelli Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Vincent Bonelli, who landed in Mississippi in 1871
  • Emile Bonelli, who arrived in Mississippi in 1891
  • Frank Bonelli, who arrived in Mississippi in 1891
  • Antonio Bonelli, aged 26, who emigrated to America, in 1892
  • Andrea Bonelli, aged 45, who emigrated to America, in 1896

Bonelli Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Angiola Bonelli, aged 33, who landed in America from Biccaro, in 1901
  • Angelo Bonelli, aged 26, who settled in America from Napoli, in 1904
  • Antonio Bonelli, aged 22, who settled in America from Licata, in 1906
  • Angelo Bonelli, aged 35, who emigrated to the United States from Campobello, Italy, in 1910
  • Antonia Bonelli, aged 29, who emigrated to the United States from Cirigliano, Italy, in 1911


  • Olivia Bonelli (1920-1990), American soprano
  • Richard Bonelli (1889-1980), American baritone
  • Carlo Bonelli (1612-1676), Italian cardinal
  • Federico Bonelli, Italian ballet dancer
  • Franco Andrea Bonelli (1784-1830), Italian ornithologist, entomologist and collector
  • Giovanni Luigi Bonelli (1908-2001), Italian comics writer
  • Sergio Bonelli (b. 1932), Italian comics writer
  • Camillo Bonelli, Captain Regent of San Marino (1816)
  • Raphael M. Bonelli (b. 1968), Austrian psychiatrist and researcher


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  1. Di Crollalanza, Goffredo. Enciclopedia araldico cavalleresca Prontuario nobiliare. Pisa: Presso La Direzione Del Giorale Araldica , 1878. Print.
  2. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  3. Stiens, Robert E. Passenger list Italy to New York 1893 In Italian Genealogist. Torrance, CA: Augustan Society No 3, 1983. Print.
  4. Rasmussen, Louis J. . San Francisco Ship Passenger Lists 4 Volumes Colma, California 1965 Reprint. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1978. Print.
  5. Bongioanni, Angelo. Nomi e Cognomi. Saggio di Ricerche Etimologiche e Storiche. Torino: A. Forni, 1979. Print.
  6. Di Crollalanza, G.B. Dizionario Storico-Blasonico Delle Famiglie Nobili e Notabili Italiane 3 volumes. Pisa. Print.
  7. Colletta, John P. Finding Italian Roots The Complete Guide for Americans. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 2003. Print.
  8. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  9. Dizionario Biografico degli Italiani. Rome Istituto della Enciclopedia Italiana 56 volumesr. Print.
  10. Rietstap, Johannes Baptist. Armorial Général. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
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The Bonelli Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Bonelli 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.

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