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Meaning and Origin of: Bonar

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First name origins & meanings:

  • French : Gentle

First name variations

Last name origin & 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).