Last name origins & meanings:
- English (of Norman origin): from a nickname meaning ‘good’,
from Old French bon ‘good’. Compare Bone 1.
(of Norman origin): habitational name from Bohon in La Manche, France,
of obscure etymology.
- Dutch: from Middle Dutch bone,
boene ‘bean’, hence a metonymic occupational name for a bean
grower or a nickname for a man of little importance (broad beans
having been an extremely common crop in the medieval period), or
possibly for a tall thin man (with reference to the runner bean).
- The renowned American frontiersman Daniel Boone (1734–1820) was
born in Reading, PA, into a Quaker family. His grandfather was a
weaver who had emigrated from Exeter in England to Philadelphia in
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