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Origin and Meaning of Bonus

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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Bo"nus
  1. [Law] A premium given for a loan, or for a charter or other privilege granted to a company; as the bank paid a bonus for its charter.
  2. An extra dividend to the shareholders of a joint stock company, out of accumulated profits.
  3. Money paid in addition to a stated compensation.

Etymology: L. bonus good. Cf. Bonny

Other Dictionary Sources
  1. Anything that tends to arouse
  2. An additional payment (or other remuneration) to employees as a means of increasing output

From Latin bonus (“good”).

  1. Something extra that is good; an added benefit.
  2. An extra sum given as a premium, e.g. to an employee.
    The employee of the week receives a for his excellent work.
  3. (video games) An addition to the player's score based on performance, e.g. for time remaining.
  4. (uncountable, basketball) One or more free throws awarded to a team when the opposing team has accumulated enough fouls.

bonus was also found in the following language(s): Dutch, Finnish, French, Italian, Latin, Norwegian Bokmål, Norwegian Nynorsk, and Spanish

Notable Persons Named Bonus

He left this life in 627.


Notable Persons With the Last Name Bonus

Anna Kingsford was an editor and the lady's own paper. Anna was given the name Anna Bonus on September 16th, 1846 in Stratford, Essex , England. She passed away on February 22nd, 1888.


Ladislao was born in 1854. He died in 1908.


He left this life in 627.


Lawrence Bonus is a basketball player. His ongoing career started in 2008. Lawrence was born on October 10th, 1982 in Cavite.



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Popularity of Bonus as a last name

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Bonus U.S.
  White 66.90% 64.26%
  African American 2.08% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 24.96% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.00% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 1.73% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 4.33% 16.26%

Of Last Name Bonus

People with the last name Bonus are most frequently White or Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander

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Fun Facts about the name Bonus

  • How Popular is the name Bonus? As a last name Bonus was the 38,389th most popular name in 2010.
  • When was the first name Bonus first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the name Bonus is Wednesday, August 1st, 1883.
  • How unique is the name Bonus? From 1880 to 2017 less than 5 people per year have been born with the first name Bonus. Hoorah! You are a unique individual.
  • Weird things about the name Bonus: Your name in reverse order is Sunob. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Buson. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Bonus? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 577 people with the last name Bonus.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Bonus? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Bonus as their last name since less than 1 person in 500k people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
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