Anglo-Saxon origin. It was name for a loyal person. The surname Bonnamay is derived from the Old French phrase bon ami, which literally means good friend.
Early Origins of the Bonnamay family
Lincolnshire, where they held a family seat from ancient times.
Early History of the Bonnamay family
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Bonnamay Spelling Variations
Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Bonnamay have been found, including Bonamy, Bonami, Bonamie, Bonamee, Bonammy and others.
Early Notables of the Bonnamay family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Bonnamay family to the New World and Oceana
Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become powerful new nations. Among early immigrants of the Bonnamay surname to cross the Atlantic and come to North America were: a number of settlers who arrived in the New World by the 19th century.
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