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Bonnake History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Bonnake is a name whose history is connected to the ancient Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. The name is derived from when the Bonnake family once lived in the region of Bonwick, in Yorkshire.

Early Origins of the Bonnake family

The surname Bonnake was first found in Yorkshire, where they held a family seat from ancient times.

Early History of the Bonnake family

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Bonnake Spelling Variations

Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Bonnake family name include Bonwick, Bonnick and others.

Early Notables of the Bonnake family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Bonnake family to the New World and Oceana

For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland, Canada, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Bonnake surname or a spelling variation of the name include: Thomas Bonewick, settled in Virginia in 1790.

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