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The surname Bonton was first found in Peeblesshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd nam Płballan), former county in South-central Scotland, in the present day Scottish Borders Council Area, where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.

The many spelling variations in Medieval Scottish names result from the fact that scribes in that era spelled words according to sound. Translation too, was an undeveloped science, and many names were altered into complete obscurity. Over the years Bonton has been spelled Buntin, Bunten, Bunton, Bunting, Buntain, Buntaine, Buntine, Bontine, Buntyn and many more.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bonton research. Another 221 words (16 lines of text) covering the years 1296, 1489, 1605, and 1650 are included under the topic Early Bonton History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Bonton Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Bonton family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 283 words (20 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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To escape the uncertainties and discrimination faced in Scotland, many decided to head out for North America. Once they arrived, many Scots fought with relish in the American War of Independence; some went north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. Many ancestors of these Scots have recovered their lost national heritage in the 20th century through Clan organizations and Scottish historical societies. Among the settlers to North America were:

Bonton Settlers in United States in the 17th Century


  • Thomas Bonton, who landed in Virginia in 1638

Bonton Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • B Bonton, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1856

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The Bonton Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Bonton Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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