Bonar- Bonner Name Study

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Surnames/tags: Bonar Bonner Bonnar, Boner
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You have arrived at the Bonar-Bonner ONS Free Space Page. This page will detail the study and provide useful links and information. For listings of Bonar-Bonner names and data on WikiTree, please visit the Main Bonar-Bonner ONS page at Bonar Name Study. Instructions to include your Ancestor is also listed on the Main page. This is a One Name Study to collect together in one place everything about one surname and the variants of that name. The hope is that other researchers like you will join our study to help make it a valuable reference point for people studying lines that cross or intersect. Please contact the project leader, Sandy Patak to add categories to your profiles, add your questions to the bulletin board, add details of your name research, etc.


Goals of the Bonar ONS

The goals of the Bonar One Name Study:

  1. Trace the migration across America
  2. Trace the name from Europe
  3. Trace the Migration of the Name
  4. Try to find a common ancestor

Variations on the Name

  • Bonar
  • Boner
  • Bonnar
  • Bonner
... ... ... is a member of Bonner Clan.

The Bonner/Bonar Clan is a smaller clan and as such does not have a Chief. They are considered a Sept of Clan Graham. Although, they maintained some independence, it was more advantageous of Clan Bonner/Bonar to join with the much larger and powerful Clan Graham for protection. Clan Bonner/Bonar did not become fully absorbed into Clan Graham and to this day still maintains a separate tartan.

Clan Name - Bonner

Bonner/Bonar Surname: The name BONNER was derived from the Old French 'bonair' a name given to one who was debonair, civil, gentle and courteous. The Bonner name arrived in England, Ireland and Scotland after the Norman Conquest in the 11th Century. [1]

Meaning 'gentle' (from the French) or `Bona res...' A good thing, this reputedly spoken by the King of France after a very un-gentle act of war on the part of Guilhen de Bonares as he was called thereafter. (Guilhen de Bonares is recorded in Perthshire c.1200) [2]

In Ireland, specifically Ulster, the Bonner name means "mid-wife".

Polish: from German Bo(h)ner ‘bean grower’ (see Boner).

Ancient Scottish Location

Stirling, Scotland

Since Clan Graham was located in the present day Stirling District of Scotland, the Clan Bonner/Bonar was probably located in the same area. [3] Historically, Stirling was a strategically important location and known as the "Gateway to the Highlands" since it sat at the border of the Highlands and Lowlands of Scotland. [4] Stirling is an ancient Stone Age settlement with Stirling Castle being one of the largest and most important castles in Scotland. [5]

Bonar Family History Bonar Family History

List of Bonars on WikiTree

Scottish Bonner's that immigrated to the United States left out of Glasgow to Ports of Philadelphia, New York and Maryland. [6]

Per the US 1920's Census, the majority of Bonner's were living in Texas, Alabama, Georgia, Pennsylvania and New York. [7]

Bonar- For a list of all Bonar's on Wikitree, click for the index.

Bonnar- For a list of all Bonnar's on Wikitree, click for the index.

Boner- For a list of all Boner's on Wikitree, click for the index.

Bonner- For a list of all Bonner's on Wikitree, click for the index.

WikiTree presence 2023
Bonar 401 10% Bonnar 127 4%
Boner 302 8% Bonner 2974 78%

DNA on WikiTree


Bonar Name DNA Connections If you have completed DNA testing, add it here.


Bonnar Name DNA Connections If you have completed DNA testing, add it here.


Boner Name DNA Connections If you have completed DNA testing, add it here.


Bonner Name DNA Connections If you have completed DNA testing, add it here.

Bonar DNA Studies Off WikiTree

DNA Testing Companies

If you plan to order a test for yourself, or would like to recommend that a family member or friend be tested, please use one of these URLs. This way WikiTree gets the referral credit.

23andMe: DNA:
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What You Can Do

You can join our study, at any time, by contacting the Project's Leaders at the bottom of this page. You can help us out with the following:

  1. Locate Bonar/Bonnar/Bonner's and ask them to join WikiTree
  2. Help with documented sources and add them to Bonar/Bonnar/Bonner WikiTree pages, as needed.
  3. Locate and Suggest Merges where needed.
  4. Have your DNA Tested with one of the major testing companies.
  5. All duplicates merged into the final lowest profile ID number.
  6. Bonar One Name Study template included on the page
  7. Biography is cleaned up and ideally has a written biography.
  8. Parents and children are linked, if possible

Maintenance Needs 2023
Spelling Unconnected Unsourced Suggestions Orphans G2G
Bonar 41 13 69 151 Bonar
Bonnar 13 2 14 55 Bonnar
Boner 8 6 58 75 Boner
Bonner 285 93 97 600 Bonner


Project Templates

Sticker For Profiles

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Current Member of Bonar ONS sticker code for your Profile

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Further Reading

  • The Bonner Family by Kathryn R. Bonner [8]
  • The Bonner Family History by Sue Bonner Thornton [9]
  • The Bonner Legacy by Lucy Nita Bonner Neblock [10]


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