Bonser History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Bonser family

The surname Bonser was first found in Surrey where they held a family seat 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.

Early History of the Bonser family

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Bonser 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 Bonser include Bonser, Bonsor, Bonsir and others.

Early Notables of the Bonser family (pre 1700)

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United States Bonser migration to the United States +

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 [1]
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
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Australia Bonser migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Bonser Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. John Bonser (Bonsor), (b. 1822), aged 18, British Labourer who was convicted in Leicester, England for 10 years for stealing, transported aboard the "Asia" on 25th April 1840, arriving in Tasmania ( Van Diemen's Land), he died in 1850 [2]

Contemporary Notables of the name Bonser (post 1700) +

  • John Henry Bonser (1855-1913), American steamship captain from Oregon, USA and British Columbia, Canada
  • Horace Robert Bonser (1882-1934), American Olympic sport shooter
  • John Paul "Boof" Bonser (b. 1981), American Major League Baseball player
  • Darcy Bonser (b. 1986), Australian actor
  • The Right Reverend David Bonser (1934-2005), Anglican Bishop of Bolton from 1991 until 1999


  1. ^ 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)
  2. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 17th January 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/asia/1840


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