Bonnick History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

In ancient Anglo-Saxon England, the ancestors of the Bonnick surname lived in the township and parish of Bonwick, in Yorkshire.

Early Origins of the Bonnick family

The surname Bonnick was first found in Yorkshire, at Bonwick. "Bonwick, or Bovingwick, is not named in the Domesday Book, being probably included, with Skipsea and other parts of the parish, in the 'adjacent lands' of the manor of Cleton. The place consists of two farms, respectively designated High and Low Bonwick." [1]

Early History of the Bonnick family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bonnick research. Another 72 words (5 lines of text) covering the years 1637, 1652, 1722, 1652, 1722, 1692 and 1714 are included under the topic Early Bonnick History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Bonnick Spelling Variations

It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon surnames like Bonnick are characterized by many spelling variations. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Bonnick include: Bonwick, Bonnick and others.

Early Notables of the Bonnick family (pre 1700)

Notables of the family at this time include Ambrose Bonwicke the Elder (1652-1722), English schoolmaster and nonjuror, son of the Rev. John Bonwicke, B.D., rector of East Horsley, Surrey. "He was born on 29 April 1652, and entered the Merchant...
Another 39 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Bonnick Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Bonnick migration to the United States +

Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Bonnick or a variant listed above:

Bonnick Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Nathaniell Bonnick, aged 16, who arrived in Bermuda in 1635 [2]

West Indies Bonnick 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. [3]
Bonnick Settlers in West Indies in the 17th Century
  • Mr. Nathaniel Bonnick, (b. 1619), aged 16, British settler travelling aboard the ship "The Dorset" arriving in Barbados in September 1635 [4]

Contemporary Notables of the name Bonnick (post 1700) +

  • Sheyla Bonnick, Jamaica-born, English singer, performer, songwriter and published author


  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, 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. ^ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/British_West_Indies
  4. ^ Pilgrim Ship Lists Early 1600's retrieved 29th September 2021. (Retrieved from https://www.packrat-pro.com/ships/shiplist.htm)


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