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Bonney Name Meaning

English (Lancashire): nickname for a handsome person especially a large or well-built one from northern dialect bonnie ‘fine beautiful’ (still in common use in northern England and Scotland). English: variant of Bunney . German: variant of Boney . This surname is very rare in Germany. French: variant of Bonnet

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


Similar surnames: Bonner, Bonnet, Bonny, Bunney, Bonne, Borne, Boney, Binney, Donnay

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Where is the Bonney family from?

You can see how Bonney families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Bonney family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Bonney families were found in USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 44 Bonney families living in Massachusetts. This was about 30% of all the recorded Bonney's in USA. Massachusetts had the highest population of Bonney families in 1840.
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What did your Bonney ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Teacher were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Bonney. 17% of Bonney men worked as a Laborer and 14% of Bonney women worked as a Teacher. Some less common occupations for Americans named Bonney were Clerk and Housekeeper. .

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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
    17%
  • Farmer
    10%
  • Salesman
    9%
  • Clerk
    6%

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Teacher
    14%
  • Housewife
    10%
  • Maid
    6%
  • Housekeeper
    6%
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Census Records

There are 49,000 census records available for the last name Bonney. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Bonney 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 Bonney. 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 6,000 military records available for the last name Bonney. For the veterans among your Bonney ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Bonney lifespan?

Between 1946 and 2004, in the United States, Bonney life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1959, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Bonney in 1946 was 46, and 79 in 2004.

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