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Bonar Name Meaning

Scottish and northern Irish: variant of Bonner. Irish (Donegal): Scottish name adopted as a translation of Gaelic Ó Cnáimhsighe ‘descendant of Cnáimhseach’, a byname meaning ‘midwife’. This word seems to be a derivative of cnámh ‘bone’ (with the feminine ending -seach), but if so the reason for this is not clear. Polish: from German Bo(h)ner ‘bean grower’ (see Boner).

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


Similar surnames: Boner, Bonnar, Bona, Bodnar, Bolar, Honan, Bina, Bogar, Boyar, Boal

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Where is the Bonar family from?

You can see how Bonar families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Bonar family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Bonar families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 10 Bonar families living in Ohio. This was about 40% of all the recorded Bonar's in the USA. Ohio had the highest population of Bonar families in 1840.
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What did your Bonar ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Bonar. 28% of Bonar men worked as a Farmer and 12% of Bonar women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Bonar were Farm Laborer and School Teacher.

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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

  • Farmer
    28%
  • Laborer
    16%
  • Salesman
    8%
  • Farm Laborer
    4%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housewife
    12%
  • Teacher
    10%
  • Saleslady
    7%
  • School Teacher
    7%
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Passenger Lists

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There are 2,000 military records available for the last name Bonar. For the veterans among your Bonar ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Bonar lifespan?

Between 1954 and 2004, in the United States, Bonar life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1954, and highest in 1995. The average life expectancy for Bonar in 1954 was 30, and 77 in 2004.

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