Bonsil History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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The origins of the Bonsil name lie with England's ancient Anglo-Saxon culture. It comes from when the family lived in or around the manor of Bonsall in the county of Derbyshire.
Early Origins of the Bonsil family
The surname Bonsil was first found in Derbyshire at Bonsall, a parish, in the hundred of Wirksworth.  The parish dates back to the Domesday Book of 1086 when it was first listed as Bunteshale.  At that time, it was shown as "the King's land." "This parish, anciently called Bonteshall, comprises by computation 2338 acres."  Literally, the place name means "nook of land of a man called Bunt," from the Old English personal name + "halh."  It is noted for its lead mining and there is evidence that the town has been populated since 2000 B.C., one of the few early records of the ancient Britons.
Early History of the Bonsil family
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Bonsil Spelling Variations
Before the last few hundred years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Bonsil were recorded, including Bonsall, Bonzall, Bonsale and others.
Early Notables of the Bonsil family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Bonsil family
To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Bonsil family emigrate to North America: Richard Bonsall and his wife Mary, and his five children, Obadiah, Elizabeth, Rachel, Anne, and Abigail, who settled in Philadelphia in 1682; Edward, George, and James Bonsall arrived in Philadelphia between 1850 and 1864..
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The Bonsil Motto +
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Pro patria
Motto Translation: For my country.
- ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
- ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
- ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)