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  • Elizabeth Dallison (1821 - 1897)
    'Elizabeth Bonsor/Dallison isnt daughter of William Bonsor and Ellen Dennis.I have the marriage certificate for Francis Dallison and Elizabeth Bonsor..Elizabeth is daughter of John Bonsor and Mary Burt...
  • James Bonser, Convict "William Jardine" 1844 (1821 - 1888)
    Australian Convict Transportation Registers – Other Fleets & Ships, 1791-1868* Name: James Bonser* Vessel: William Jardine* Convicted Date: 1 Jul 1844* Voyage Date: 10 Aug 1844* Colony: Tasmania (Van D...
  • John Bonser, Convict "Minden" 1851 (1826 - 1899)
    England & Wales, Criminal Registers, 1791-1892* Name: John Bonsor* Age: 19* Estimated Birth Year: abt 1827* Date of Trial: 19 Oct 1846* Trial Year: 1846* Location of Trial: Leicestershire, England* Sen...
  • Mary Ann Bonser - Waterman, Free Settler "Jumna" 1888 (1840 - 1917)
    1851 England Census* Name: Mary Ann Cunningham* Age: 10* Estimated Birth Year: abt 1841* Relation: Daughter* Father's name: Samuel Cunningham* Mother's name: Frances Cunningham* Gender: Female* Where b...
  • Mary Ann Bonser, Convict "Tasmania" 1845 (1827 - 1887)
    New South Wales, Australia, Gaol Description and Entrance Books, 1818-1930* Name: Mary Ann Taylor* Birth Place: Dublin, Ireland* Arrival Year: 1833* Arrival Country: Australia* Vessel Arrived In: Diana...

About the Bonser surname



Historically, surnames evolved as a way to sort people into groups - by occupation, place of origin, clan affiliation, patronage, parentage, adoption, and even physical characteristics (like red hair). Many of the modern surnames in the dictionary can be traced back to Britain and Ireland.

Bonser Name Meaning. English (Nottinghamshire): nickname from Old French bon sire 'good sir', given either to a fine gentleman (perhaps ironically), or to someone who made frequent use of this term of address. Similar surnames: Bosner, Rosner, Bonsor, Bonsir, Posner, Hosner, Cosner, Mosner, Oster, Horner, Corner, Koster


Early Origins of the Bonser Surname


The surname Bonser was first found in the County of Surrey in England where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. The Saxon influence of English history diminished after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed. But Saxon surnames survived and the family name was first referenced in the year 1246 when Roger Bonsir held at there lands.

Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. Changes in Anglo-Saxon names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Bonser include Bosner, Bonsor, Bonsir and others.