The name Bonia is rooted in the ancient Norman culture that arrived in England
after the Norman Conquest
in 1066. It was a name for someone who was a handsome person,
especially one who is large
or well built.
The name comes from the Norman word bonnie,
a common nickname
for an attractive person. This word possibly derives from the Old French bon,
which means good
although the movement is not clear.
Early Origins of the Bonia family
The surname Bonia was first found in Bedfordshire
, where they had been granted lands by King William. They were originally seated in St. Bonnet in Normandy
in the arrondisement of Calvados.
Early History of the Bonia family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bonia research.Another 91 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1620, 1688, 1718, 1702 and 1782 are included under the topic Early Bonia History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Bonia Spelling Variations
Endless spelling variations
are a prevailing characteristic of Norman surnames. Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules, and the introduction of Norman French added an unfamiliar ingredient to the English linguistic stew. French and Latin, the languages of the court, also influenced spellings. Finally, Medieval scribes generally spelled words according to how they sounded, so one person was often referred to by different spellings in different documents. The name has been spelled Bonnett, Bonney, Bonnet, Bonny, Bonnie and others.
Early Notables of the Bonia family (pre 1700)
Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Henry Bonney, Archdeacon of Bedford; and Stede Bonnet (c.
1688-1718), English pirate born in the Barbados, sometimes called "The Gentleman Pirate" who frequently pirated with the infamous Edward Teach, better known as "Blackbeard." According to Forbes, he is ranked as the fifteenth wealthiest... Another 54 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Bonia Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Bonia family to the New World and Oceana
To escape the political and religious persecution within England
at the time, many English families left for the various British colonies abroad. The voyage was extremely difficult, though, and the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving. But for those who made it, the trip was most often worth it. Many of the families who arrived went on to make valuable contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families reveals a number of immigrants bearing the name Bonia or a variant listed above:
Bonia Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Fauslo Bonia, who arrived in Puerto Rico in 1859 CITATION[CLOSE]
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)