Normans that arrived in England following the Conquest of 1066 are the initial ancestors from which the many generations of the Bonnie family have grown. The name Bonnie was given to a member of the family who was a handsome person, especially one who is large or well built. The name comes from the Norman word bonnie, a common nickname for an attractive person. This word possibly derives from the Old French bon, which means good or fine, although the movement is not clear.
Early Origins of the Bonnie family
Bedfordshire and Leicestershire, where they had been granted lands by King William. They were originally seated in St. Bonnet in Normandy in the arrondisement of Calvados.
Early History of the Bonnie family
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Bonnie 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. Bonnie has been recorded under many different variations, including Bonnett, Bonney, Bonnet, Bonny, Bonnie and others.
Early Notables of the Bonnie family (pre 1700)
Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Henry Bonney, Archdeacon of Bedford; and Stede Bonnet (c. 1688-1718), English pirate born in the Barbados, sometimes called "The Gentleman Pirate" who frequently pirated with the infamous Edward Teach, better known as "Blackbeard." According to Forbes, he is ranked as the fifteenth wealthiest...
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Migration of the Bonnie family to the New World and Oceana
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. Bonnies were some of the first of the immigrants to arrive in North America:
Bonnie Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
Bonnie Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
Bonnie Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
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