name Bonnaby comes from the family having resided in Burnby, or as the place-name was recorded in the Domesday Book
in 1086, in Brunebi. Burnby is in the East Riding of Yorkshire
having derived from the Old Norse, and means "farm or homestead by the spring or stream." CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
Early Origins of the Bonnaby family
The surname Bonnaby was first found in Leicestershire
where they held a family seat
from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest
and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.
Early History of the Bonnaby family
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Bonnaby Spelling Variations
Bonnaby has been spelled many different ways. Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred
years, spelling variations
in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Spelling variants included: Burnaby, Burnby, Bernaby, Burneby and others.
Early Notables of the Bonnaby family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Bonnaby family to the New World and Oceana
In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England
, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Bonnabys to arrive on North American shores: Carew Burnaby who settled in New England
in 1759; and many settled in Canada and gave their name to Burnaby, B.C.