Bonner Family History

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Bonner Name Meaning

English, Scottish, and Irish: nickname from Middle English boner(e), bonour ‘gentle’, ‘courteous’, ‘handsome’ (Old French bonnaire, from the phrase de bon(ne) aire ‘of good bearing or appearance’, from which also comes modern English debonair). Welsh: Anglicized form of Welsh ap Ynyr ‘son of Ynyr’, a common medieval personal name derived from Latin Honorius. Swedish: unexplained.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press

Similar surnames: Bonnet, Fonner, Bonne, Conner, Bonney, Binner, Bonser, Boner, Jenner

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Bonner Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Bonner name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Bonner. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Cameroon, Congo, & Southern Bantu Peoples


  • Germanic Europe


  • Benin/Togo


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Bonner Family Origin

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Bonner Family Occupations

What did your Bonner ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, a less common occupation for the Bonner family was Carpenter. Farmer, Labourer and Blacksmith were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Bonner. The most common Bonner occupation in Canada was Farmer. 27% of Bonner's were Farmers.

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  • Farmer

  • Labourer

  • Blacksmith

  • Carpenter


Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Bonner ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Bonner Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 184,000 census records available for the last name Bonner. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Bonner census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 17,000 immigration records available for the last name Bonner. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in Canada, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Card

There are 30,000 military records available for the last name Bonner. For the veterans among your Bonner ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Bonner Life Expectancy

What is the average Bonner lifespan?

Between 1942 and 2004, in the United States, Bonner life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 2001. The average life expectancy for Bonner in 1942 was 40, and 72 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Bonner ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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