The ancient history of the Bonnik name begins with the ancient Anglo-Saxon
tribes of Britain. The name is derived from when the family resided in the region of Bonwick,
Early Origins of the Bonnik family
The surname Bonnik was first found in Yorkshire
, where they held a family seat
from ancient times.
Early History of the Bonnik family
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Bonnik Spelling Variations
Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon
surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations
. Changes in Anglo-Saxon
names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Bonnik include Bonwick, Bonnick and others.
Early Notables of the Bonnik family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Bonnik family to the New World and Oceana
Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Bonnik or a variant listed above: Thomas Bonewick, settled in Virginia in 1790.