as Lords of the Manor. The Saxon influence of English history diminished after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed. But Saxon surnames survived and the family name was first referenced in the year 1246 when Roger Bonsir held at there lands.
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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 Bonser include Bonser, Bonsor, Bonsir and others.
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 Bonser or a variant listed above:
Bonser Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- Thomas Bonser, who settled in America as a bonded emigrant in 1742
- Catherine Bonser, a bonded immigrant settled in Virginia in 1751
Bonser Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Thomas Bonser was naturalized in New York City in 1832
- Thomas Bonser, who landed in New York, NY in 1832 CITATION[CLOSE]
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)
Bonser Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Mary Ann Bonser, aged 60, who landed in America from Dundley, in 1903
- George Greshem Bonser, aged 54, who landed in America from Nottingham, in 1905
- Mrs. Alfred H. Bonser, aged 38, who immigrated to the United States, in 1908
- Sidney S. Bonser, aged 1, who landed in America from London, England, in 1913
- Kate Bonser, aged 63, who settled in America from London, England, in 1913
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