Bonzall History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
The name Bonzall is part of the ancient legacy of the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. It is a product of when the family lived in or around the manor of Bonsall in the county of Derbyshire.
Early Origins of the Bonzall family
The surname Bonzall 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 Bonzall family
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Bonzall Spelling Variations
The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Bonzall has been spelled many different ways, including Bonsall, Bonzall, Bonsale and others.
Early Notables of the Bonzall family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Bonzall family
Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Bonzalls to arrive in 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..
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.