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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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Where is the Bonwell family from?

You can see how Bonwell families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Bonwell family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Bonwell families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1891 there were 19 Bonwell families living in Yorkshire. This was about 38% of all the recorded Bonwell's in the UK. Yorkshire had the highest population of Bonwell families in 1891.
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What did your Bonwell ancestors do for a living?

In 1939, Unpaid Domestic Duties was the top reported job for people in the UK named Bonwell. .

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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 Female Occupations in 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
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Census Records

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 Lists

There are 237 immigration records available for the last name Bonwell. 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 Cards

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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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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