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bona was also found in the following language(s): Catalan, Esperanto, Ido, Italian, Ladin, Latin, Old High German, Old Irish, Old Provençal, Old Saxon, Phuthi, Swazi, Swedish, Venetian, Xhosa, and Zulu

Notable Persons Named Bona

Richard Bona is a jazz fusion, world music, and ethno jazz musician. He plays Bass guitar, double bass, percussion, vocals, guitar, and balafon. Richard was given the name Bona Pinder Yayumayalolo on October 28th, 1967 in Minta, Cameroon.


Bona Sforza was royalty. She was most prominent from 1518 to 1548. Bona was born as the child of Gian Galeazzo Sforza, Isabella of Aragon, and Duchess of Milan on February 2nd, 1494 in Vigevano. She passed away on November 19th, 1557.


Bona was given the name Nyepudzayi Bona Mugabe by her parents Robert Mugabe and Grace Mugabe on April 18th, 1990 in Harare, Zimbabwe.


She was most active from 1468 to 1476. Bona was born as the child of Louis, Duke of Savoy, and Anne of Cyprus on August 10th, 1449 in Avigliana. She left this life on November 23rd, 1503.


Bona was born on September 22nd, 1987 in Medan.


Bona Arsenault was a Member of the National Assembly of Quebec for Matapédia, Quebec:, Minister of Lands, Forests (1960–1962), Minister of Fisheries, Game (1962–1963), Provincial Secretary (1963–1966), and Member of theNational Assembly of QuebecforMatapédia. Bona was born on October 4th, 1903 in Bonaventure, Quebec. He breathed his last breath on July 4th, 1993.


Notable Persons With the Last Name Bona

Richard Bona is a jazz fusion, world music, and ethno jazz musician. He plays Bass guitar, double bass, percussion, vocals, guitar, and balafon. Richard was given the name Bona Pinder Yayumayalolo on October 28th, 1967 in Minta, Cameroon.


Samuele Dalla Bona is a soccer player for the Atalanta B.C., Chelsea F.C., A.C. Milan, Bologna F.C. 1909, U.S. Lecce, U.C. Sampdoria, S.S.C. Napoli, Iraklis 1908 Thessaloniki F.C., Hellas Verona F.C., Mantova F.C., and Italy national under-21 football team. Samuele was born on February 6th, 1981 in San Donà di Piave.


She holds the title Princess of Bavaria. Maria was born as the child of Prince Thomas, Duke of Genoa, and Princess Isabella of Bavaria on August 1st, 1896 in Castle d'Agliè, Piedmont. She passed away on February 2nd, 1971.


Miklós was born on October 6th, 1967.


Dominique was born on July 29th, 1953 in Perpignan.


Giovanni was born Giovanni Leonardo di Bona in 1542 in Cutro. He passed away in 1597.


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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Bona U.S.
  White 78.99% 64.26%
  African American 5.15% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 9.95% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.00% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 0.00% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 3.63% 16.26%

Of Last Name Bona

People with the last name Bona are most frequently White

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Fun Facts about the name Bona

  • How Popular is the name Bona? Bona is the 27,820th most popular name of all time. As a last name Bona was the 16,734th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Bona have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 186 babies born with the first name Bona in the United States. That's more than enough people named Bona to occupy the territory of Pitcairn Islands (United Kingdom) with an estimated population of 66 (as of July 1, 2008).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Bona? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1915 when it was given as a first name to 8 new born babies.
  • When was Bona first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Bona is Tuesday, December 5th, 1871.
  • What year had the most people named Bona born? The highest recorded use of the first name Bona was in 1945 with a total of 16 babies.
  • Weird things about the name Bona: Your name in reverse order is Anob. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Oban. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Bona? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 1,709 people with the last name Bona.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Bona? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Bona as their last name since less than 1 person in 172k people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!

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