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Where did the Italian Bonito family come from? What is the Italian Bonito family crest and coat of arms? When did the Bonito family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Bonito family history?

The surname Bonito was created from the personal name Bona, which is derived from the Latin name Bonus, which means "good." The popularity of the personal name Bonus, was in part due to the name being borne by a 3rd-century Christian saint, martyred at Rome.

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There are many variations of most of those Italian names that originated in the medieval era. Some of these come from regional differences, like the tradition of ending northern names in "o" and southern names in "i". Others come from inaccuracies in the recording process, which were extremely common in the eras before dictionaries standardized spelling. Some of the spelling variations of Bonito are Boni, Bono, Bona, Bon, Buono, De Boni, De Bonis, De Bono, De Buono, Del Bono, Della Bona, Del Buono, Di Bono, Lo Bono, Lobono, Lo Buono, Bonelli, Bonello, Boniello, Bonetti, Bonetto, Bonet, Bonini, Bonino, Bonin, Bonucci, Bonuccelli, Bonioli, Boniolo, Bonotti, Boniotti, Boniotto, Bononi, Bonon, Bonacci, Bonaccio, Bonaccini, Bonazzi, Bonazza, Bonassi, Bonassini, Bonassin, Bonassili, Bonaca, Bonaga, Bonaghi, Bonaldi, Bonaldo, Bonaudo, Bonani, Bonandi, Bonardi, Bonati, Bonato, Bonatti, Boneri, Boneschi, Bonacina, Bonico, Bonici, Bonichi, Bonicelli, Bonicco, Bonito, Bonutti and many more.

First found in the city of Milan, where earliest records are of the Bonacina family in 1220.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bonito research. Another 33 words(2 lines of text) covering the years 1463, 1529, 1688, and 1766 are included under the topic Early Bonito History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 331 words(24 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Bonito Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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In the immigration and passenger lists were a number of people bearing the name Bonito

Bonito Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Franco Bonito, aged 40, arrived in New Orleans, La in 1829

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  2. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
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  7. Gheno, Antonio. Contributo alla Bibliografia Genealogica Italiana. Bologna: Forni, 1924. Print.
  8. Bentley, Elizabeth P. Passenger Arrivals at the Port of New York 1820-1829. Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1999. Print.
  9. Fucilla, Josheph G. Our Italian Surnames. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0806311878).
  10. Rasmussen, Louis J. . San Francisco Ship Passenger Lists 4 Volumes Colma, California 1965 Reprint. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1978. Print.
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The Bonito Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Bonito 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.

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