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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Bonner Ranking

In the United States, the name Bonner is the 855th most popular surname with an estimated 34,818 people with that name. [2]

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.
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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 [3]
  • Andrew Bonner, who settled in Virginia in 1650
  • And Bonner, who arrived in Virginia in 1650 [3]
  • Tho Bonner, who landed in Virginia in 1653 [3]
  • Mary Bonner, who arrived in Virginia in 1665 [3]
  • ... (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 [3]
  • Rudolph Bonner, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1732 [3]
  • Jasper Bonner, aged 20, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1740 [3]
  • James Bonner, who settled in Philadelphia in 1742
  • Conrad[ Bonner, aged 25, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1748 [3]
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Bonner Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • William Bonner, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1808 [3]
  • James Bonner, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1808 [3]
  • Alexander Bonner, who arrived in New York in 1809 [3]
  • Jane Bonner, who landed in New York, NY in 1811 [3]
  • John Bonner, who landed in New York, NY in 1812 [3]
  • ... (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 [4]
  • Mr. James Bonner, English convict who was convicted in London, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Charles Kerr" on 6th June 1837, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [5]
  • Mr. Ralph Bonner, (b. 1827), aged 17, Irish weaver who was convicted in Donegal, Ireland for 14 years for theft, transported aboard the "Cadet" on 9th April 1844, arriving in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Land) [6]
  • George Bonner, English Convict from Warwick, who was transported aboard the "Aboukir" on December 24, 1851, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [7]
  • Mr. John Bonner, (Burnell), Welsh convict who was convicted in Cardiff, Wales for 7 years, transported aboard the "Clyde" on 11th March 1863, arriving in Western Australia, Australia [8]

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 [9]
  • 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 [10]

West Indies Bonner migration to West Indies +

The British first settled the British West Indies around 1604. They made many attempts but failed in some to establish settlements on the Islands including Saint Lucia and Grenada. By 1627 they had managed to establish settlements on St. Kitts (St. Christopher) and Barbados, but by 1641 the Spanish had moved in and destroyed some of these including those at Providence Island. The British continued to expand the settlements including setting the First Federation in the British West Indies by 1674; some of the islands include Barbados, Bermuda, Cayman Island, Turks and Caicos, Jamaica and Belize then known as British Honduras. By the 1960's many of the islands became independent after the West Indies Federation which existed from 1958 to 1962 failed due to internal political conflicts. After this a number of Eastern Caribbean islands formed a free association. [11]
Bonner Settlers in West Indies in the 17th Century
  • Mr. John Bonner, (b. 1617), aged 18, British settler travelling aboard the ship "Expedition" arriving in Barbados in 1636 [12]

Contemporary Notables of the name Bonner (post 1700) +

  • Frank Bonner (1942-2021), born Frank Woodrow Boers Jr., an American actor and television director widely known for his role as sales manager Herb Tarlek on the television sitcom WKRP in Cincinnati
  • 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
  • Mr. Nicholas Bonner, British sheriff, held the joint position of Sheriff of Nottingham, England from 1542 to 1543, he was Mayor in 1559 and 1565
  • Mr. Humphrey Bonner, British sheriff, held the joint position of Sheriff of Nottingham, England from 1577 to 1578, he was Mayor in 1593, 1594, 1600, 1601, 1607 and 1608
  • 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

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 HMS Hood sinking [14]
HMS Royal Oak
  • Walter Clive Bonner (1913-1939), British Band Corporal with the Royal Marine aboard the HMS Royal Oak (1939) when she was torpedoed by U-47 and sunk; he died in the sinking [15]
Lady of the Lake
  • Mr. Michael Bonner (b. 1814), Irish labourer from Moville, Ireland who sailed aboard the "Lady of the Lake" from Greenock, Scotland on 8th April 1833 to Quebec, Canada when the ship hit ice and sunk of the coast of Newfoundland on the 11th May 1833 and he died in the sinking


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 +

  • 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. ^ https://namecensus.com/most_common_surnames.htm
  3. ^ 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)
  4. ^ 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
  5. ^ Convict Records of Australia ( retrieved 1st February 2021, retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/charles-kerr)
  6. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 17th November 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/cadet/
  7. ^ 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
  8. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 25th February 2021). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/clyde
  9. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  10. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  11. ^ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/British_West_Indies
  12. ^ Pilgrim Ship Lists Early 1600's retrieved 29th September 2021. (Retrieved from https://www.packrat-pro.com/ships/shiplist.htm)
  13. ^ HMAS Sydney II, Finding Sydney Foundation - Roll of Honour. (Retrieved 2014, April 24) . Retrieved from http://www.findingsydney.com/roll.asp
  14. ^ 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
  15. ^ 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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