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From the historical and enchanting region of France emerged a multitude of notable family names, including that of the distinguished Bonneau family. Originally, the people in this region went by one (personal) name. Surnames evolved during the Middle Ages when people began to assume an extra name to avoid confusion and to further identify themselves. These names then began to become "fixed" or hereditary between the generations. One of the types of names adopted as surnames were those derived from nicknames. Nickname surnames were derived from an eke-name, or added name, and generally reflected some physical characteristics or other attribute of the first person that used the name. The Bonneau surname derives from the Old French term of endearment "bonye," meaning "the good little one." It has also been suggested that the surname stems from the medieval personal name Bonellus.
The surname Bonneau was first found in Lorraine, where they held a family seat from very early times in the arrondisement of Meuse.
Spelling variations of this family name include: Bonneau, Bonneault, Bonnet, Bonnaud and others.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bonneau research. Another 495 words (35 lines of text) covering the years 1642, 1668, 1703, 1720, 1765, and 1793 are included under the topic Early Bonneau History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
More information is included under the topic Early Bonneau Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Bonneau Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
Bonneau Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
Bonneau Settlers in Canada in the 17th Century
The Bonneau Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Bonneau 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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