Show ContentsBonwick History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Bonwick belongs to the early history of Britain, it's origins lie with the Anglo-Saxons. It is a product of their having lived in the township and parish of Bonwick, in Yorkshire.

Early Origins of the Bonwick family

The surname Bonwick was first found in Yorkshire, at Bonwick. "Bonwick, or Bovingwick, is not named in the Domesday Book, being probably included, with Skipsea and other parts of the parish, in the 'adjacent lands' of the manor of Cleton. The place consists of two farms, respectively designated High and Low Bonwick." [1]

Early History of the Bonwick family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bonwick research. Another 72 words (5 lines of text) covering the years 1637, 1652, 1692, 1714 and 1722 are included under the topic Early Bonwick History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Bonwick Spelling Variations

Until the dictionary, an invention of only the last few hundred years, the English language lacked any comprehensive system of spelling rules. Consequently, spelling variations in names are frequently found in early Anglo-Saxon and later Anglo-Norman documents. One person's name was often spelled several different ways over a lifetime. The recorded variations of Bonwick include Bonwick, Bonnick and others.

Early Notables of the Bonwick family

Notables of the family at this time include

  • Ambrose Bonwicke the Elder (1652-1722), English schoolmaster and nonjuror, son of the Rev. John Bonwicke, B.D., rector of East Horsley, Surrey. "He was born on 29 April 1652, and entered the Merchant...
  • Ambrose Bonwicke the Younger (1692-1714), was an English nonjuror, eldest son of Ambrose Bonwicke the Elder. [2]

Migration of the Bonwick family

Thousands of English families boarded ships sailing to the New World in the hope of escaping the unrest found in England at this time. Although the search for opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad took the lives of many because of the cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels, the opportunity perceived in the growing colonies of North America beckoned. Many of the settlers who survived the journey went on to make important contributions to the transplanted cultures of their adopted countries. The Bonwick were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records: Thomas Bonewick, settled in Virginia in 1790.


Contemporary Notables of the name Bonwick (post 1700) +

  • Jeff Bonwick, American engineer, Chief Technical Officer (CTO) of Storage Technologies at Sun Microsystems
  • James Bonwick (1817-1906), English-born Australian historical and educational writer
  • Alfred James Bonwick (1883-1949), Liberal Party politician in the United Kingdom
  • Paul Bonwick (b. 1964), Canadian politician, member of the Canadian House of Commons (1997-2004)


  1. Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  2. Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print


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