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The Bonny family has descended through the lines of the ancient Normans that came to England following their Conquest of England in 1066. The Bonny name reveals that an early member 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.

Bonny Early Origins



The surname Bonny was first found in 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.

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Bonny Spelling Variations


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Bonny Spelling Variations



Before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Sound was what guided spelling in the Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Bonny family name include Bonnett, Bonney, Bonnet, Bonny, Bonnie and others.

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Bonny Early History


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Bonny Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bonny research. Another 91 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1620, 1688, 1718, 1702 and 1782 are included under the topic Early Bonny History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Bonny Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Bonny Early Notables (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...

Another 54 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Bonny Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



To escape the political and religious chaos of this era, thousands of English families began to migrate to the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. The passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe; however, those who made the voyage safely were encountered opportunities that were not available to them in their homeland. Many of the families that reached the New World at this time went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of the United States and Canada. Research into various historical records has revealed some of first members of the Bonny family to immigrate North America:

Bonny Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Andrew Bonny, who arrived in Virginia in 1657
  • Mr Bonny, aged 16, arrived in Virginia in 1658

Bonny Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • J. Bonny, who arrived in San Francisco in 1750
  • Thomas Bonny, who arrived in Boston, Massachusetts in 1775

Bonny Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Samuel Bonny, who arrived in New York, NY in 1811

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Contemporary Notables of the name Bonny (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Bonny (post 1700)



  • Miles Bonny (b. 1980), American record producer, singer-songwriter and trumpeter
  • Jan Bonny (b. 1979), German film director and screenwriter
  • Anne Bonny (1702-1782), born Anne Cormac, an Irish woman who became a famous female pirate

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
    2. Burke, Sir Bernard. Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry: Including American Families with British Ancestry. (2 Volumes). London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
    3. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
    4. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
    5. Hanks, Hodges, Mills and Room. The Oxford Names Companion. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-19-860561-7).
    6. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
    7. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    8. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
    9. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
    10. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
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    The Bonny Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Bonny Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

    This page was last modified on 8 November 2016 at 07:17.

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