The ancient Norman culture that was established in England
after the Conquest of 1066 produced the name of Bonnyson. It was given to 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
although the movement is not clear.
Early Origins of the Bonnyson family
The surname Bonnyson was first found in Bedfordshire
, 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 Bonnyson family
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Bonnyson Spelling Variations
Multitudes of spelling variations
are a hallmark of Anglo Norman names. Most of these names evolved in the 11th and 12th century, in the time after the Normans
introduced their own Norman French language into a country where Old and Middle English had no spelling rules and the languages of the court were French and Latin. To make matters worse, medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, so names frequently appeared differently in the various documents in which they were recorded. The name was spelled Bonnett, Bonney, Bonnet, Bonny, Bonnie and others.
Early Notables of the Bonnyson 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... Another 54 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Bonnyson Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Bonnyson family to the New World and Oceana
Because of this political and religious unrest within English society, many people decided to immigrate to the colonies. Families left for Ireland
, North America, and Australia
in enormous numbers, traveling at high cost in extremely inhospitable conditions. The New World in particular was a desirable destination, but the long voyage caused many to arrive sick and starving. Those who made it, though, were welcomed by opportunities far greater than they had known at home in England
. Many of these families went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Bonnyson or a variant listed above: Henry Bonney, who came to Virginia in 1636; Daniel Bonnett who settled in New York State in 1700; John Bonnett, who settled in Philadelphia in 1753; Joseph Bonney, who settled in Virginia in 1773.