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The Bonham surname is derived from the Old French words "bon" and "homme," in turn from the Latin "bonus homo" both of which literally meant "good man," but also came to mean a "peasant farmer."

Bonham Early Origins



The surname Bonham was first found in Bedfordshire (Old English: Bedanfordscir), located in Southeast-central England, formerly part of the Anglo-Saxon kingdom of Mercia, where they held a family seat from ancient times.

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Bonham Spelling Variations


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Bonham Spelling Variations



The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore, spelling variations are common among early Anglo-Saxon names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Bonham has been recorded under many different variations, including Bonham, Bonhume, Bonhomme, Bonhom, Bonhome, Bonum, Bonem and many more.

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Bonham Early History


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Bonham Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bonham research. Another 421 words (30 lines of text) covering the years 1247, 1273, 1327, 1500, 1597, 1545, 1549, 1550 and 1629 are included under the topic Early Bonham History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Bonham Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Bonham Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 36 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Bonham Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Bonham or a variant listed above:

Bonham Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • George Bonham, who sailed to Virginia in 1635

Bonham Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • George Bonham, who arrived in Plymouth, Massachusetts in 1704

Bonham Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • James Bonham, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851
  • David Bonham, who was on record in Philadelphia in 1872

Bonham Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Thomas Bonham arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Lalla Rookh" in 1840 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) LALA ROOKH 1840. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1840LallaRookh.htm
  • Abel Bonham arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Phoebe" in 1846
  • Ezra Bonham arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Phoebe" in 1846
  • David Bonham arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Phoebe" in 1846
  • George Bonham arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Phoebe" in 1846
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Bonham (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Bonham (post 1700)



  • Ronald D. Bonham (1942-2016), American professional basketball player who played from the Boston Celtics and Indiana Pacers from 1964 to 1968
  • James Butler Bonham (1807-1836), American soldier who died at the Battle of the Alamo during the Texas Revolution, older brother of Milledge Luke Bonham
  • William Gordon "Bill" Bonham (b. 1948), American Major League Baseball pitcher who played from 1971 to 1980
  • Tracy Bonham (b. 1969), American musician, best known for her 1996 single "Mother Mother"
  • Milledge Luke Bonham (1813-1890), American politician, Governor of South Carolina (1862-1864), and a Confederate general during the American Civil War
  • Reginald Walter Bonham (1906-1984), English blind chess player, founder of the International Braille Chess Association in 1951, Blind World Chess Champion in 1958
  • Jack Elliott Bonham (b. 1993), English professional footballer
  • Henry Bonham (1765-1830), English politician, Member of Parliament for Leominster (1806-1812), for Sandwick (1824-1826) and for Rye (1826-1830)
  • Henry Bonham (1749-1800), English cricketer who played played one game for Hampshire
  • John Henry Bonham (1948-1980), English rock drummer who played with Led Zeppelin; Rolling Stone readers named him "the best drummer of all time" in 2011
  • ... (Another 5 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Bonham Historic Events


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Bonham Historic Events




HMAS Sydney II

  • Mr. Henry George Welfare Bonham (1913-1941), Australian Engine Room Artificer 4th Class from Penshurst, New South Wales, Australia, who sailed into battle aboard HMAS Sydney II on the 19th November 1941 and died during the sinking

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Suggested Readings for the name Bonham


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Suggested Readings for the name Bonham



  • Bonham 1631-1973: Letters, Quotations, Genealogical Charts, Military Records, Directory Index by Elmer Burt Hazie.

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Bonham Family Crest Products


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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) LALA ROOKH 1840. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1840LallaRookh.htm

Other References

  1. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
  2. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
  3. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin . Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
  4. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
  5. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  6. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
  7. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
  8. Crispin, M. Jackson and Leonce Mary. Falaise Roll Recording Prominent Companions of William Duke of Normandy at the Conquest of England. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  9. Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
  10. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
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The Bonham Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Bonham 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.

This page was last modified on 18 September 2016 at 13:39.

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