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Bonython Early Origins



The surname Bonython was first found in Cornwall where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor of Bonithon and Carelew. Cornwall was a land set apart, a land of mystique and quaint customs, more strongly related to Brittany and Wales than to England. It was not until the 10th century that they submitted to the Saxon rule of England. Since then, their influence has moved east into Devon, Somerset and Dorset.

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Bonython Spelling Variations


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Bonython Spelling Variations



Cornish surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. The frequent changes in surnames are due to the fact that the Old and Middle English languages lacked definite spelling rules. The official court languages, which were Latin and French, were also influential on the spelling of a surname. Since the spelling of surnames was rarely consistent in medieval times, and scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded rather than adhering to any specific spelling rules, it was common to find the same individual referred to with different spellings of their surname in the ancient chronicles. Moreover, a large number of foreign names were brought into England, which accelerated and accentuated the alterations to the spelling of various surnames. Lastly, spelling variations often resulted from the linguistic differences between the people of Cornwall and the rest of England. The Cornish spoke a unique Brythonic Celtic language which was first recorded in written documents during the 10th century. However, they became increasingly Anglicized, and Cornish became extinct as a spoken language in 1777, although it has been revived by Cornish patriots in the modern era. The name has been spelled Bonithon, Bonnithon, Boniton, Bonniton, Bonitton, Bonython and many more.

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Bonython Early History


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Bonython Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bonython research. Another 269 words (19 lines of text) covering the years 1510, 1600, 1079, 1149, 1162 and 1898 are included under the topic Early Bonython History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Bonython Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Bonython Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Bonython Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



In the immigration and passenger lists a number of early immigrants bearing the name Bonython were found:

Bonython Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Richard Bonython who settled in Maine in 1629

Bonython Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Thomas Bonython, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Fairlee" in 1840 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) FAIRLIE/FAIRLEE 1840. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1840Fairlie.htm
  • Ann Bonython, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Fairlee" in 1840 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) FAIRLIE/FAIRLEE 1840. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1840Fairlie.htm
  • Caroline Bonython, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Fairlee" in 1840 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) FAIRLIE/FAIRLEE 1840. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1840Fairlie.htm
  • Robert Langdon Bonython, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Fairlee" in 1840 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) FAIRLIE/FAIRLEE 1840. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1840Fairlie.htm
  • George Bonython, aged 33, a carpenter, who arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Ostrich" [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    South Australian Register Saturday 22nd July 1854. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Ostrich 1854. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/ostrich1854.shtml

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Contemporary Notables of the name Bonython (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Bonython (post 1700)



  • Hugh Bonython (b. 1879), Australian Art Gallery Director, Australian Hydroplane Champion, and national Speedway champion
  • Sir John Langdon Bonython, Australian politician and journalist, member of the First Australian Parliament
  • Charles Warren Bonython (b. 1916), Australian conservationist and chemical engineer
  • John Lavington Bonython (1875-1960), Australian publisher and Lord Mayor of Adelaide

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Citations



  1. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) FAIRLIE/FAIRLEE 1840. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1840Fairlie.htm
  2. ^ South Australian Register Saturday 22nd July 1854. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Ostrich 1854. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/ostrich1854.shtml

Other References

  1. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  2. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
  3. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  4. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
  5. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
  6. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
  7. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
  8. Burke, Sir Bernard. Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry: Including American Families with British Ancestry. (2 Volumes). London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
  9. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
  10. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
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The Bonython Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Bonython 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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