Bonfily History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
In the Middle Ages, the first family to use the Bonfily surname took the name from a place name with Viking roots. 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 Bonfily family
The surname Bonfily 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 Bonfily family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bonfily 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 Bonfily History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Bonfily Spelling Variations
In the Middle Ages, no real standards were established to judge the accuracy of spelling and translation. They were done mostly by ear and intuition, and enormous numbers of spelling variations were the unsurprising result. Bonfily has appeared as Bonville, Bonvile, Bonvill, Bonfield, Boneville, Bonfilly and many more.
Early Notables of the Bonfily family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Bonfily family to Ireland
Some of the Bonfily family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Migration of the Bonfily family
North America was far from Britain's oppressive monarchy. There, the Scottish found land and freedom, and many even the opportunity to pay back England in the American War of Independence. This brave heritage survives today largely in Clan societies and other patriotic Scottish organizations. Research into passenger and immigration lists has brought forth evidence of the early members of the Bonfily family in North America: Baker and his brother James Bonfield arrived in Philadelphia in 1832; Joe Bonfilly settled in Virginia in 1635.