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The BONAR surname in the USA

Frequency Comparisons
Total Rank Frequency % Per million people
United States
United States (Current snapshot) 2,323 12277 0.001 9
United States (1880 census) 535 9154 0.001 11
Change since 1880 +1788 -3123 0 -2
Other Countries
Australia 97 14597 0.001 6
United Kingdom 661 7235 0.001 14

'A figure of zero indicates that we don't have data for this name (usually because it's quite uncommon and our stats don't go down that far). It doesn't mean that there's no-one with that name at all!

For less common surnames, the figures get progressively less reliable the fewer holders of that name there are. This data is aggregated from several public lists, and some stats are interpolated from known values. The margin of error is well over 100% at the rarest end of the table!

For less common surnames, the frequency and "per million" values may be 0 even though there are people with that name. That's because they represent less than one in a million of the population, which ends up as 0 after rounding.

It's possible for a surname to gain in rank and/or total while being less common per million people (or vice versa) as there are now more surnames in the USA as a result of immigration. In mathematical terms, the tail has got longer, with a far larger number of less common surnames.

Classification and Origin of BONAR

Region of origin: British Isles

Country of origin: England

Language of origin: English

Ethnic origin: English

Religious origin: Christian

Data for religion and/or language relates to the culture in which the BONAR surname originated. It does not necessarily have any correlation with the language spoken, or religion practised, by the majority of current American citizens with that name.

Data for ethnic origin relates to the region and country in which the BONAR surname originated. It does not necessarily have any correlation with the ethnicity of the majority of current American citizens with that name.

Ethnic distribution of BONAR in the USA

Classification Total Percent
White (Hispanic) 50 2.15
Black/African American 40 1.72
Mixed Race 31 1.33
Asian/Pacific 16 0.69
Native American/Alaskan 6 0.26
White (Caucasian) 2,180 93.84

Ethnic distribution data shows the number and percentage of people with the BONAR surname who reported their ethnic background as being in these broad categories in the most recent national census.

Meaning of BONAR in historical publications

(origin: Local) A town in Scotland; a chain of hills; hills for tillage; also, the hill of slaughter. Cornish British, Bonar, the house of slaughter.

Arthur, William (1857) An Etymological Dictionary of Family and Christian Names. New York: Sheldon, Blakeman. Public Domain.

BONAR. A village of Sutherlandshire, and a feudal barony of which the family were possessed temp. William the Lion, ante 1200.

Lower, Mark A (1860) Patronymica Britannica: a dictionary of the family names of the United Kingdom. London: J.R. Smith. Public Domain.

Similar names to BONAR

The following names have similar spellings or pronunciations as BONAR.

This does not necessarily imply a direct relationship between the names, but may indicate names that could be mistaken for this one when written down or misheard.

Matches are generated automatically by a combination of Soundex, Metaphone and Levenshtein matching.

Potential typos for BONAR

The following words are slight variants of BONAR that are likely to be possible typos or misspellings in written material.