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Early Origins of the Bonithon family

The surname Bonithon was first found in Cornwall where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor of Bonithon and Carelew.

"Bonython or Bonithon, was for many years a seat of an ancient family of this name. It was sold about the year 1720 by Charles Bonithon, Esq. to Humphrey Carpenter, Esq. who possessed it in the days of Hals." [1]

Early History of the Bonithon family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bonithon research. Another 135 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1510, 1600, 1079, 1149, 1162, 1898, 1580, 1650, 1580, 1630, 1631, 1650, 1705, 1671 and 1678 are included under the topic Early Bonithon History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Bonithon Spelling Variations

Cornish surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. The frequent changes in surnames are due to the fact that the Old and Middle English languages lacked definite spelling rules. The official court languages, which were Latin and French, were also influential on the spelling of a surname. Since the spelling of surnames was rarely consistent in medieval times, and 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 of their surname in the ancient chronicles. Moreover, a large number of foreign names were brought into England, which accelerated and accentuated the alterations to the spelling of various surnames. Lastly, spelling variations often resulted from the linguistic differences between the people of Cornwall and the rest of England. The Cornish spoke a unique Brythonic Celtic language which was first recorded in written documents during the 10th century. However, they became increasingly Anglicized, and Cornish became extinct as a spoken language in 1777, although it has been revived by Cornish patriots in the modern era. The name has been spelled Bonithon, Bonnithon, Boniton, Bonniton, Bonitton, Bonython and many more.

Early Notables of the Bonithon family (pre 1700)

Notable amongst the family at this time was Richard Bonython (1580-1650?), an early American settler, the second son of John Bonython of Bonython, and was baptised at St. Columb Major on 3 April 1580. "His title of 'captain,' and a passage in the 'Winthrop Papers' (Massachusetts Historical Society, 4th ser. vii.), seem to prove that he served in the French wars with Sir Ferdinando Gorges, who like himself was a west-country man. In 1630 he received a grant of a large tract of land on the east side of the Saco river, in Maine, or, as it was then called, New...
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Migration of the Bonithon family

A look at the immigration and passenger lists has shown a number of people bearing the name Bonithon: Richard Bonython who settled in Maine in 1629.

  1. Hutchins, Fortescue, The History of Cornwall, from the Earliest Records and Traditions to the Present Time. London: William Penaluna, 1824. Print on Facebook