Show ContentsBonet History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The surname Bonet 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.

Early Origins of the Bonet family

The surname Bonet was first found in the city of Milan, where earliest records are of the Bonacina family in 1220.

Early History of the Bonet family

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Bonet Spelling Variations

Italian surnames come in far more variations than the names of most other nationalities. Regional traditions and dialects are a decisive factor in this characteristic. For example, northern names tend to end in "o", while southern in "i". Also important, but not unique to Italy, was the fact that before dictionaries and the printing press most scribes simply spelled words according to their sounds. The predictable result was an enormous number of spelling variations. The recorded spellings of Bonet include 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.

Early Notables of the Bonet family (pre 1700)

Prominent among bearers of this family in early times was Bartolomeo Bono (c.1463-1529), a Lombard architect who worked in Venice and designed parts of the Piazza di San Marco; Giacomo Boni (1688-1766), Italian painter of the late-Baroque period, who worked mostly in Genoa. Egidio Boni, born in Cortona in 1350, dedicated his life to the church and eventually became the Bishop of Vicenza; the Boni family of Florence produced 12 priests; Bartolomeo Bonino was Bishop of Sebenco from 1495 to 1512; members of the Bon family in Venice were castle owners during the 15th and 16th centuries; Giovanni Boni...
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Bonet Ranking

In the United States, the name Bonet is the 15,910th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [1] However, in France, the name Bonet is ranked the 3,985th most popular surname with an estimated 1,500 - 2,000 people with that name. [2]

United States Bonet migration to the United States +

Early records show that people bearing the name Bonet arrived in North America quite early:

Bonet Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Jaques Bonet, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1733 [3]
  • Hans Michael Bonet, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1750 [3]
Bonet Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Thomas Bonet, who arrived in New Orleans in 1826
  • Thomas Bonet, aged 23, who landed in New Orleans, La in 1826 [3]
  • G Bonet, who arrived in North America in 1832 [3]
  • Antonio Bonet, who arrived in Puerto Rico in 1860 [3]
  • Francisco Bonet, who landed in Puerto Rico in 1891 [3]

Canada Bonet migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

  • Antoine Bonet, son of François and Françoise, who married Angélique Métivier, daughter of Jean and Geneviève, in Quebec on 24th November 1732 [4]
  • Charles Bonet, son of Augustin and Pétronille, who married Marie-Anne LeBreton, daughter of Henri and Marie-Anne, in Montreal, Quebec on 13th June 1757 [4]
  • Jean Bonet, son of Jean and Marie, who married Marguerite Boyer, daughter of Charles and Marguerite, in Montreal, Quebec on 4th October 1694 [4]
  • Jean Bonet, son of Jean and Élisabeth, who married Marie-Josephte Grenet, daughter of Jean and Marie-Hélène, in Quebec on 22nd November 1723 [4]
  • Jean-Baptiste Bonet, son of Jean and Maie-Josephte, who married Geneviève Maillou, daughter of Jean and Geneviève, in Beauport, Quebec on 15th February 1751 [4]
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Contemporary Notables of the name Bonet (post 1700) +

  • Lisa Bonet (b. 1967), Emmy Award-nominated American actress
  • Jean Pierre François Bonet, French Divisional General during the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars from 1789 to 1815 [5]
  • Robert Bonet (b. 1952), English BBC television journalist
  • Carlos Carmona Bonet (b. 1987), Spanish footballer
  • Juan Pablo Bonet (1573-1633), circa, a Spanish priest
  • Jordi Bonet (1932-1979), Canadian painter
  • Carlos Bonet Carmona (b. 1987), Spanish footballer

  1. "What are the 5,000 Most Common Last Names in the U.S.?".,
  3. Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  4. Internoscia, Arthur E., and Claire Chevrier. Dictionnaire National des Canadiens Français 1608-1760. Vol. 1, Institut Drouin, 1958.
  5. Generals Who Served in the French Army during the Period 1789-1815. (Retrieved 2015, February 11) Jean Bonet. Retrieved from on Facebook