Bonner History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Bonner family

The surname Bonner was first found in Herefordshire where Bonner is an ancient name. "As Boner and Bonere, it occurred in Oxfordshire and Huntingdonshire in the reign of Edward I." [1]

Early History of the Bonner family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bonner research. Another 231 words (16 lines of text) covering the years 1281, 1281, 1700, 1451, 1273, 1500, 1569, 1548 and 1548 are included under the topic Early Bonner History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Bonner Spelling Variations

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.

Early Notables of the Bonner family (pre 1700)

Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Edmund Bonner (c.1500-1569), Bishop of London, who became known as Bloody Bonner for his role in the persecution of heretics under the Catholic government of Mary I of England. He was later...
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Ireland Migration of the Bonner family to Ireland

Some of the Bonner family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 51 words (4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Bonner migration to the United States +

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 [2]
  • Andrew Bonner, who settled in Virginia in 1650
  • And Bonner, who arrived in Virginia in 1650 [2]
  • Tho Bonner, who landed in Virginia in 1653 [2]
  • Mary Bonner, who arrived in Virginia in 1665 [2]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Bonner Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Chr Bonner, who landed in Virginia in 1702 [2]
  • Rudolph Bonner, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1732 [2]
  • Jasper Bonner, aged 20, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1740 [2]
  • James Bonner, who settled in Philadelphia in 1742
  • Conrad[ Bonner, aged 25, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1748 [2]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Bonner Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • William Bonner, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1808 [2]
  • James Bonner, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1808 [2]
  • Alexander Bonner, who arrived in New York in 1809 [2]
  • Jane Bonner, who landed in New York, NY in 1811 [2]
  • John Bonner, who landed in New York, NY in 1812 [2]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada Bonner migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Bonner Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Eliz Bonner, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • John Bonner, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • Martha Bonner, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1750

Australia Bonner migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

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, Australia [3]
  • George Bonner, English Convict from Warwick, who was transported aboard the "Aboukir" on December 24, 1851, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [4]

New Zealand Bonner migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Bonner Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Miss Margaret Bonner, (b. 1845), aged 23, British general servant travelling from London aboard the ship "Matoaka" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 8th February 1869 [5]
  • Mr. William Bonner, (b. 1853), aged 22, Scottish settler travelling from Glasgow aboard the ship "Peter Denny" arriving in Bluff, Southland, South Island, New Zealand on 25th November 1875 [6]

Contemporary Notables of the name Bonner (post 1700) +

  • James Frederick Bonner (1910-1996), American biologist
  • Anthony Bonner (b. 1968), American former professional NBA basketball player
  • Robert R. Bonner Jr., American fighter pilot and flying ace in the U.S. Army Air Forces, during World War II, credited with 5 aerial victories
  • Charles George Bonner (1884-1951), English recipient of the Victoria Cross
  • Arthur Lancelot Bonner, English civil engineer involved in the design of the Sydney Harbour Bridge
  • Neville Thomas Bonner (1922-1999), Australian politician, the first Indigenous Australian to become a member of the Parliament of Australia
  • William Bonner McCarty Sr., American founder of the Jitney Jungle supermarkets in 1919
  • Ralph Bonner Pink (1912-1984), British Conservative politician, Member of Parliament for Portsmouth South (1966 – 1984)
  • Bonner Lee Stiller, Republican member of the North Carolina General Assembly
  • Brigadier-General Bonner Frank Fellers (1896-1973), American Secretary-General of Allied Council for Japan (1946) [7]

HMAS Sydney II
HMS Hood
  • Mr. Colin A Bonner (b. 1900), English Able Seaman serving for the Royal Navy from Cambridge, England, who sailed into battle and died in the sinking [9]
HMS Royal Oak
  • Walter Clive Bonner (1913-1939), British Band Corporal with the Royal Marine aboard the HMS Royal Oak when she was torpedoed by U-47 and sunk; he died in the sinking [10]


The Bonner Motto +

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.


Suggested Readings for the name Bonner +

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

  1. ^ Guppy, Henry Brougham, Homes of Family Names in Great Britain. 1890. Print.
  2. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  3. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2015, January 8) Arab voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1834 with 230 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/arab/1834
  4. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 18) Aboukir voyage to Van Diemen's Land and Norfolk Island. [These convicts appear to have all landed in Van Diemen's Land], Australia in 1851 with 280 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/aboukir/1851
  5. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  6. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  7. ^ Generals of World War II. (Retrieved 2012, February 29) Bonner Fellers. Retrieved from http://generals.dk/general/Fellers/Bonner_Frank/USA.html
  8. ^ HMAS Sydney II, Finding Sydney Foundation - Roll of Honour. (Retrieved 2014, April 24) . Retrieved from http://www.findingsydney.com/roll.asp
  9. ^ H.M.S. Hood Association-Battle Cruiser Hood: Crew Information - H.M.S. Hood Rolls of Honour, Men Lost in the Sinking of H.M.S. Hood, 24th May 1941. (Retrieved 2016, July 15) . Retrieved from http://www.hmshood.com/crew/memorial/roh_24may41.htm
  10. ^ Ships hit by U-boats crew list HMS Royal Oak (08) - (Retrieved 2018 February, 9th) - retrieved from https://uboat.net/allies/merchants/crews/ship68.html


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