The Ancestry of the Bonie name lies with the Norman Conquest
. This Norman name was used for 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 Bonie family
The surname Bonie 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 Bonie family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bonie research.Another 91 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1620, 1688, 1718, 1702 and 1782 are included under the topic Early Bonie History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Bonie Spelling Variations
Norman surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations
. The frequent changes in surnames are largely due to the fact that the Old and Middle English languages lacked definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England
, as well as the official court languages of Latin and French, also had pronounced influences on the spelling of surnames. Since medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, rather than adhering to any specific spelling rules, it was common to find the same individual referred to with different spellings. The name has been spelled Bonnett, Bonney, Bonnet, Bonny, Bonnie and others.
Early Notables of the Bonie 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 Bonie Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Bonie family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Bonie Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- Mary Bonie, aged 20, a servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1852 aboard the ship "Sea Park" CITATION[CLOSE]
South Australian Register Tuesday 3 February 1852. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) SEA PARK 1852. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/seapark1852.shtml.