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Bona Name Meaning

Italian: from the female personal name Bona, feminine form of Bono. Hungarian (Bóna) and Polish: from a pet form of the personal name Bonifác (Hungarian), Bonifacy (Polish) (see Boniface).

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


Similar surnames: Boni, Bena, Bora, Bono, Boda, Dona, Mona, Bon, Bina, Boza

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Where is the Bona family from?

You can see how Bona families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Bona family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Bona families were found in the UK in 1891. In 1840 there was 1 Bona family living in Georgia. This was about 50% of all the recorded Bona's in the USA. Georgia and 1 other state had the highest population of Bona families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Bona surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Bona ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Clerk were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Bona. 23% of Bona men worked as a Laborer and 15% of Bona women worked as a Clerk. Some less common occupations for Americans named Bona were Salesman and Waitress.

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations in 1940

  • Laborer
    23%
  • Farmer
    8%
  • Clerk
    5%
  • Salesman
    5%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Clerk
    15%
  • Operator
    13%
  • Teacher
    10%
  • Waitress
    8%
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Census Records

There are 13,000 census records available for the last name Bona. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Bona census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger Lists

There are 4,000 immigration records available for the last name Bona. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the USA, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

There are 3,000 military records available for the last name Bona. For the veterans among your Bona ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Bona lifespan?

Between 1951 and 2004, in the United States, Bona life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1951, and highest in 2001. The average life expectancy for Bona in 1951 was 44, and 73 in 2004.

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