Bonk History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Bonk family

The surname Bonk was first found in Berwickshire where they were recorded as a family of great antiquity seated at Buncle (now Bunkle and Preston) in the lands of the Merse.

"The name of this place is derived from the Celtic word bon, signifying the foot or base, and kill, a cell or chapel; the word Preston, if of Saxon origin, would signify Priest-town, or the town of the priests, but some derive it from the Gaelic term Preas, a thicket, and tun, a town or farm. The manor was formerly possessed by Sir Alexander de Bunkle or Bonkle, by whom it was transferred, in 1288, to Sir John Stewart, on his marriage with the only child of Sir Alexander." [1]

Adam de Bonekil was the first on record in the year 1160 as a witness to a charter by Richard Cumyn. [2]

Early History of the Bonk family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bonk research. Another 61 words (4 lines of text) covering the years 1231 and 1296 are included under the topic Early Bonk History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Bonk Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Buncle, Bunkle, Bunkill, Bunkell, Bunckill, Bonkyll and many more.

Early Notables of the Bonk family (pre 1700)

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United States Bonk migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Bonk Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Geike Bonk, aged 16, who arrived in New York NY in 1857 [3]


  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of Scotland. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  2. ^ Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)
  3. ^ 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)


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