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Bonner Name Meaning

English: from Middle English boner(e) bonour ‘gentle courteous’ (Old French bonnaire shortened from debonnaire). This surname is also common in Ireland where it was adopted for Ó Cnáimhsighe see Bonar Welsh: Anglicized form of Welsh ap Ynyr ‘son of Ynyr’ a common medieval personal name derived from Latin Honorius with fused patronymic marker (a)p normally voiced before a vowel. German (also Bönner): from a short form of the ancient Germanic personal name Bonhard formed with the element bon ‘request petition’ (compare Latin bonus). This surname is also found in Sweden. German: habitational name for someone from Bonn on the Rhine.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022

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

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Where is the Bonner family from?

You can see how Bonner families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Bonner family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Bonner families were found in USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 25 Bonner families living in Georgia. This was about 12% of all the recorded Bonner's in USA. Georgia and 1 other state had the highest population of Bonner families in 1840.
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What did your Bonner ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Maid were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Bonner. 20% of Bonner men worked as a Laborer and 10% of Bonner women worked as a Maid. Some less common occupations for Americans named Bonner were Truck Driver and 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

  • Laborer
  • Farmer
  • Salesman
  • Truck Driver

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Maid
  • Cook
  • Housekeeper
  • Teacher
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Passenger Lists

There are 17,000 immigration records available for the last name Bonner. 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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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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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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