Last name: Bonner

Recorded as Bonar, Boner, Bonner and Bonnaire, this is a surname of a number of possible origins, each with its own distinct derivation. Firstly, the surname may be English and Scottish but ultimately of pre 8th century Old French origins. As such it is derived from the phrase "de bonne aire", literally meaning "of handsome or of good bearing". It was adopted into Middle English as "bonere or bonour", and used as a nickname for someone thought to embody these qualities, or possibly given the Chaucerian humour of the period, the reverse! Thomas Boner was one of the first of the name to be recorded, being a charter witness in the city of Aberdeen in 1281. Secondly, Bonner may be Irish, and derived from the Gaelic name O'Cnaimhsighe, meaning the descendant of Cnaimhseach, a byname which apparently translates as midwife! It would seem that in ancient times midwives were usually male. Finally, the surname may be of Welsh origin, and a fused form of the patronymic "ab Ynyr", son of Ynyr, a personal name derived from the Latin "Honorius", meaning one who was honoured. James Bonner was one of the first settlers in the new American colonies, arriving in Virginia on the ship "Truelove" of London in 1623. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of John Boneyre. This was dated 1250, in the chartulary of the monastery of Ramsey, in Huntingdonshire, during the reign of King Henry 111rd, 1216 - 1272.

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Jenise Bonner
Loving this site...

Pat Bonner (Glasgow)
Very informative indeed.

Marcus Bonner
OK. That's how I got my stupid name!

Terrence Bonner
Interesting ill take the handsome part

Natalie Bonner
Hello fellow Bonners, for you are not alone.

Julianne Bonner
Interesting stuff!

Jerry Bonner, Phila,Pa
any Bonner's from Strabane Ireland, my family from Phila,Pa arrived around 1880

Patricia Bonner

Wow! That's really cool!

C bonner

It seems we are not alone, Aussie bonner here, originally we were from Ireland

D. Bonner

Cool more Bonners. Texas Bonner here :)

Christi Bonner (Florida)

Florida w/ West Virginia Roots but beyond that I have no info. I've little to go on but searching for relatives.

Karl Bonner

My great-grandfather Sabius Bonner was a young German radical socialist with some relatives in the upper Rhone area of France. He fled to France in 1919 to escape the Freikorps after what they did to Rosa Luxemburg and the Spartacists. Then in the late-1930s he fled again, this time to America to avoid the Nazis before they invaded France. I never remember him mentioning any relatives that weren't French or German, though...but I'm sure if you go back far enough you might be able to find something.

Steven Bonner
Bonner from Scotland here. I can trace my side back as far as Ireland but nothing else before then

Brittany Bonner
I'm from Lincolnshire England! Wish I could trace myself to find out my origins! So cool! Xxx

Ailis Bonner
My family history.

Cody Bonner
From Canada!

Carl Bonner
Michigan Bonner's here

My great grand mother was a Bonner from Clear Lake, Cerro Gordo, Iowa

Caroline Gray
My mother's name is Iris Vista Curme nee Bonner b. 1929 in Hastings, East Sussex, England. I have been tracing my family tree on/off for several years now. The Bonner family lived in the counties of Suffolk, Essex and Warwickshire and were brickmakers, bricklayers, tile makers/cutters, dating back to the 1700s, possibly earlier.

Richard Bonner
My uncle states our relatives came over on the good ship. "Friendship" landed in the Carolina's and spread south and west!! We are nation wide!!!

Jacob Bonner
North Carolina Bonner here, from the Henry Bonner branch (who came over to Jamestown before 1664 with his wife and two children, I assume from England though it is not stated). Henry moved down to Edenton, NC within a decade.

Gwendon "Bonner" Watkins
Bonner from Waco, Texas. Not a lot of us here however. I wondered where this name came from since it was not a popular name especially in the African American culture. The same thing applied after moving to Dallas, Texas after college. Not a name you hear very often.

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