where the name was originally Bontaveron. They moved north into
where they settled about 1300 in Fife.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bontavern research.Another 181 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1548, 1617, 1643 and 1680 are included under the topic Early Bontavern History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Although the name, Bontavern, appeared in many references, from time to time, the surname was shown with the spellings Bonthron, Bonthrone, Bontaverone, Bontavern, Bonthorne, Bonthorn, Bonython and many more.
Gradually becoming disenchanted with life in Ireland
many of these uprooted families sailed aboard the armada of sailing ships known as the "White Sails" which plied the stormy Atlantic. These overcrowded ships often arrived with only 60 to 70% of their original passenger list, many dying of cholera, typhoid, dysentery or small pox. In North America, some of the first immigrants who could be considered kinsmen of the Bontavern family name Bontavern, or who bore a variation of the surname were Richard Bonython who settled in Maine in 1629.