Bonfield History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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The noble Viking settlers who came to the rocky shores of Scotland in the Middle Ages brought with them the ancestors of the Bonfield family. They lived in Normandy, at the Castle of Bonneville or Bondeville. Some of the family remained in Normandy as seen by the record of William de Bonville who was listed there in 1124.  "The Itineraire de la Normandie records three places so called, two near Rouen and the third near Yvetot." 
Early Origins of the Bonfield family
The surname Bonfield was first found in Devon, but early records also revealed that Bonvilston in the Vale of Glamorgan, Wales which may have been an ancient family seat as the village is named after Simon de Bonville, a Norman nobleman who lived there in the 12th century. "In 1165 the son of Robert de Bonavilla held lands in York. The Barons Bonville were of this house." 
"The descendant of the Norman chief was summoned to Parliament, 28 Henry VI., as Baron Bonville of Chuton. He subsequently espoused the interests of the House of York, and was one of those to whom the custody of Henry VI. was committed after the Battle of Northampton." 
Later Sir Nicholas de Bonville of Shute's son Sir William Bonville (c. 1332-1408) held estates at Newenham Abbey, Devon and rests there. His son was Sir John Bonville (c. 1371-1396) and his son was William Bonville, 1st Baron Bonville (c. 1392-1461), KG, of Shute, Devon, the English nobleman, soldier, and administrator.
"In the reign of Edward IV. the manor of Cransworth [in the parish of St. Wen, Cornwall] belonged to the family of Bonville." 
In 1400 they were granted a charter of lands by King Robert 3rd of Scotland at Balhelvy Bonvile.
One branch of the family was found in Scotland in early times. "Adam de Bonuill was present at perambulation of the bounds of Kynblathmund, 1219. John de Boneville had a charter of the lands of Collistoun and two roumes of Arndendrachtis in the lordship of Buchan, 1321 and John de Bonevyle is mentioned in 1326 as owner of the land of Blairtoun in the thanedom of Balhelvie, Aberdeenshire. " 
Early History of the Bonfield family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bonfield research. Another 145 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1326, 1340, 1341, 1376, 1400, 1475, 1461, 1392, 1461, 1449, 1621 and 1676 are included under the topic Early Bonfield History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Bonfield Spelling Variations
Scottish names from the Middle Ages vary enormously in their spellings. This is a result of the fact that there were no universal standards like dictionaries for scribes to judge by. The recorded spelling variations of the name Bonfield include Bonville, Bonvile, Bonvill, Bonfield, Boneville, Bonfilly and many more.
Early Notables of the Bonfield family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Bonfield family to Ireland
Some of the Bonfield family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 41 words (3 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Bonfield migration to the United States +
Settlers found farms all along the eastern part of what would become the United States and Canada. They provided a base and a backbone that would strengthen two great nations in the making. In the 20th century, the ancestors of those brave Scots have rediscovered their heritage through highland games and Scottish historical societies. Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the Scottish name Bonfield or a variant listed above, including:
Bonfield Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- Mary Bonfield, who arrived in Maryland in 1675 
- Thomas Bonfield, who landed in Charlestown, Massachusetts in 1680 
- Katherine Bonfield, who landed in Maryland in 1680 
Bonfield Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Charles Bonfield, who arrived in Washington County, Pennsylvania in 1845 
- Miss Bonfield, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851 
- George Bonfield, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1857 
Bonfield migration to New Zealand +
Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:
Bonfield Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- Patrick Bonfield, who landed in Auckland, New Zealand in 1840
Contemporary Notables of the name Bonfield (post 1700) +
- Sir Peter Bonfield, English engineer and executive, knighted in 1996
Related Stories +
- ^ The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X)
- ^ Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)
- ^ Burke, John Bernard, The Roll of Battle Abbey. London: Edward Churton, 26, Holles Street, 1848, Print.
- ^ Hutchins, Fortescue, The History of Cornwall, from the Earliest Records and Traditions to the Present Time. London: William Penaluna, 1824. Print
- ^ 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)