Bonar Family History

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Bonar Name Meaning

Scottish and northern Irish: variant of Bonner. Irish (Donegal): Scottish name adopted as a translation of Gaelic Ó Cnáimhsighe ‘descendant of Cnáimhseach’, a byname meaning ‘midwife’. This word seems to be a derivative of cnámh ‘bone’ (with the feminine ending -seach), but if so the reason for this is not clear. Polish: from German Bo(h)ner ‘bean grower’ (see Boner).

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

Similar surnames: Boner, Bonnar, Bona, Bodnar, Bolar, Honan, Bina, Bogar, Boyar, Boal

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Bonar Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Bonar name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Bonar. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


  • Eastern Europe & Russia


  • Sweden


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Bonar Family Origin

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Bonar Family Occupations

What did your Bonar ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, a less common occupation for the Bonar family was Farmer. The most common Bonar occupation in the UK was Coal Miner. 7% of Bonar's were Coal Miners. Coal Miner, Labourer and Annuitant were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Bonar.

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  • Coal Miner

  • Labourer

  • Annuitant

  • Farmer


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Bonar Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 17,000 census records available for the last name Bonar. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Bonar 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 3,000 immigration records available for the last name Bonar. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the UK, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Card

There are 2,000 military records available for the last name Bonar. For the veterans among your Bonar ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Bonar Life Expectancy

What is the average Bonar lifespan?

Between 1954 and 2004, in the United States, Bonar life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1954, and highest in 1995. The average life expectancy for Bonar in 1954 was 30, and 77 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Bonar 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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