Bonwell Family History

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Bonwell Name Meaning

English: possibly a habitational name from Bunwell in Norfolk, which is named with Old English bune ‘reed’ + wella ‘spring’, ‘stream’. Alternatively it could be a variant of the Norman habitational name Bonfield. Possibly an Americanized form of French Bonneville.

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

Similar surnames: Banwell, Boswell, Boxwell, Bowell, Longwell, Oswell, Doswell, Foxwell

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Bonwell Family Origin

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Bonwell Family Occupations

What did your Bonwell ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, a less common occupation for the Bonwell family was Dentist. Farmer, Farming and Keeping House were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Bonwell. The most common Bonwell occupation in the USA was Farmer. 65% of Bonwell's were Farmers.

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  • Farmer

  • Farming

  • Keeping House

  • Dentist


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

Bonwell Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 3,000 census records available for the last name Bonwell. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Bonwell 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 237 immigration records available for the last name Bonwell. 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 Card

There are 603 military records available for the last name Bonwell. For the veterans among your Bonwell ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Bonwell Life Expectancy

What is the average Bonwell lifespan?

Between 1952 and 2004, in the United States, Bonwell life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1959, and highest in 1973. The average life expectancy for Bonwell in 1952 was 59, and 75 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Bonwell 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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