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An excerpt from www.HouseOfNames.com archives copyright 2000 - 2015

Origins Available: English, French

Where did the English Bonner family come from? What is the English Bonner family crest and coat of arms? When did the Bonner family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Bonner family history?


The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries. For that reason, spelling variations are common among many Anglo-Norman names. The shape of the English language was frequently changed with the introduction of elements of Norman French, Latin, and other European languages; even the spelling of literate people's names were subsequently modified. Bonner has been recorded under many different variations, including Bonner, Boner, Bonners, Bonar, Bonnar, Bonare and many more.

First found in Yorkshire where they held a family seat from early times after the Norman Conquest in 1066.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bonner research. Another 461 words(33 lines of text) covering the years 1273, 1281, 1451, 1500, 1569, and 1700 are included under the topic Early Bonner History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 85 words(6 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Bonner Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the Bonner family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 91 words(6 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.


To escape the uncertainty of the political and religious uncertainty found in England, many English families boarded ships at great expense to sail for the colonies held by Britain. The passages were expensive, though, and the boats were unsafe, overcrowded, and ridden with disease. Those who were hardy and lucky enough to make the passage intact were rewarded with land, opportunity, and social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families went on to be important contributors to the young nations of Canada and the United States where they settled. Bonners were some of the first of the immigrants to arrive in North America:

Bonner Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Rich Bonner, who landed in Virginia in 1643
  • Andrew Bonner settled in Virginia in 1650
  • And Bonner, who arrived in Virginia in 1650
  • Tho Bonner, who landed in Virginia in 1653
  • Mary Bonner, who arrived in Virginia in 1665

Bonner Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Chr Bonner, who landed in Virginia in 1702
  • Rudolph Bonner, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1732
  • Jasper Bonner, aged 20, arrived in Pennsylvania in 1740
  • James Bonner settled in Philadelphia in 1742
  • Conrad[ Bonner, aged 25, landed in Pennsylvania in 1748

Bonner Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Wm Bonner, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1808
  • James Bonner, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1808
  • Alexander Bonner, who arrived in New York in 1809
  • Jane Bonner, who landed in New York, NY in 1811
  • John Bonner, who landed in New York, NY in 1812

Bonner Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Eliz Bonner, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • Martha Bonner, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1750

Bonner Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Henry Bonner, English convict from Middlesex, who was transported aboard the "Arab" on February 22, 1834, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Austraila
  • George Bonner, English Convict from Warwick, who was transported aboard the "Aboukir" on December 24, 1851, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia


  • James Frederick Bonner (1910-1996), American biologist
  • Anthony Bonner (b. 1968), American former professional NBA basketball player
  • Arthur Lancelot Bonner, English civil engineer involved in the design of the Sydney Harbour Bridge
  • Charles George Bonner (1884-1951), English recipient of the Victoria Cross
  • Neville Thomas Bonner (1922-1999), Australian politician, the first Indigenous Australian to become a member of the Parliament of Australia
  • Mr. Reginald Bonner (1906-1941), Australian Mechanician 1st Class from Belmore, New South Wales, Australia, who sailed into battle aboard HMAS Sydney II on the 19th November 1941 and died during the sinking


  • The Bonner Family Record by Kathryn R. Bonner.
  • The Bonner Family History by Sue Bonner Thornton.

The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Semper fidelis
Motto Translation: Always faithful.


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The Bonner Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Bonner 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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