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The Bonillas, Romans, Hearns & Bittners

Updated August 14, 2006

About Our Family Research


For many years I have wondered about my family history. Like so many other people I decided to do something about it.

I am trying to gather up as much information as I can about the family. I am currently researching the Bonilla family and the Roman family from Juncos, Puerto Rico and the Bittners of Cleveland, Ohio. The Bonilla family is my mother's side of the family and the Bittners, of course, is my father's side of the family. I have always wondered about my family history and so I am now trying to trace our origins for myself and to share with the rest of the family.

On my mother's side of the family I have found some information on Alejandrina Bonilla who was my great-grandmother and was one of 22 children. She had seven children, one boy and 6 girls. On my father's side of the family, unfortunately, I know very little and I am hoping to find out as much as I can. I am also hoping that while doing this research I might be able to track down my half-sister Bernice Ruth Bittner.

If anyone has any information regarding any member of the family, please be sure to contact me and I will include it on the webpage. Also I will share whatever information I can with anyone else in the family.

For now, be sure to check things out and enjoy.
On the photos page I have added Family Coat of Arms for several branches of the family

Denise L. Bittner Pierce
A.k.a. Neisy

 
Family Trees (viewing trees requires 4.0 or later browser)
  • Bonillas - Romans & Bittners (20 KB)
    This family tree currently traces the Bonillas back to Alejandrina. The Bittners back to Joseph Bittner and The Romans to Sena Roman.
 
Family Photos
  • Gonzalex Family Crest (13 KB)
    Origin Displayed: Spanish - Spelling variations include: González, Gonzalez, Gundisalvez, Gonsalviz, Gonzálvez, Gonzalvez, Gonçalve, Gonzales, Gonzalo, Gozalo, Monsalve, Monsabre, Gosalviz, Gosalvez, Goçalez, Gunzáloz, Gunzaloz, Galbis, Gálvez and many more. First found in Castile, where the name originated in Visigothic times. Some of the first settlers of this name or some of its variants were: Among the early explorers of the New World were Alonso and Gil González de Avila, brothers who travelled with the conquistador Hernán Cortés to Mexico.
  • Bonilla Family Crest (12 KB)
    Origin Displayed: Spanish - Spelling variations include: Bonilla, de Bonilla, Bonella, Bonel, Bonillo and others. First found in Castile, an important Christian kingdom of medieval Spain. Some of the first settlers of this name or some of its variants were: Early settlers to the New World included Alonso de Bonilla, who sailed to America in 1513; Lorenzo de Bonilla, to America in 1513; Juan de Bonilla, to America in 1515 with his children Lázaro and Ana.
  • Zentz Family Crest (12 KB)
    Origin Displayed: German - Spelling variations include: Zens, Zense, Zenz, Zents, Zentz, Sentz, Sents, Zensen, Zentzen, Zentsen, Zenser, Zentzer, Zenzer, Zentser, Viezentz, Vicentz, Vicenz, Vinzentz, Vinzenz and many more. First found in Eastern Germany, where the family was established in early times. Some of the first settlers of this name or some of its variants were: Andreas Zentzen, who settled in Charles Town, South Carolina, in 1764; Franz Zense, aged 30; who settled in Philadelphia in 1776; D.B. Zenzer, aged 39.
  • Hearn Family Crest (11 KB)
    Origin Displayed: Irish - Origins Available: Irish, English Spelling variations include: O'Aherne, O'Ahern, Hearne, O'Heffron, Haveran, Hayveren and many more. First found in county Clare where they held a family seat as a Dalcassian sept from before the year 1000. Some of the first settlers of this name or some of its variants were: James Hearn from Carrick on Suir in county Tipperary settled in Harbour Grace, Newfoundland, in 1798; James Heurn escaped from an Irish prison ship and settled at Bay Bull, Newfoundland, in 1734.
  • Roman Family Crest (12 KB)
    Origin Displayed: Italian - Origins Available: Ukranian, Scottish, Italian, Spanish This product is available in 11 X 17 parchment scroll format, but extracts from this history are not available at this time. View a full-sized example of a Hall of Names by Swyrich scroll. Read full text of other histories of various nationalities.
  • Pierce Family Crest (11 KB)
    Origin Displayed: English - Spelling variations include: Pearce, Pierce, Pierse, Pearse, Pears, Peerce, Peers, Peirse and many more. First found in Somerset where they were seated from early times and their first records appeared on the census rolls taken by the early Kings of Britain to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects. Some of the first settlers of this name or some of its variants were: Anthony Pearce who settled in Virginia in 1650; Edward Pearce settled in Virginia in 1637; George Pearce settled in Virginia in 1663; John and Judith Pearce settled in Boston in 1637.
  • Bittner Family Crest (13 KB)
    Origin Displayed: German - Spelling variations include: Bittner, Bitner, Bitnner, Bittnner, Bittener, Bitener, Bittnerr, Bitnerr, Bittnen, Bitnen, Bitnel, Bittnel, Bitnele and many more. First found in Austria, where the name Bittner came from humble beginnings but gained a significant reputation for its contribution to the emerging mediaeval society. Some of the first settlers of this name or some of its variants were: Caspar Bittner who, accompanied by his wife Maria Elisabetha Munch and his father-in-law, arrived in Philadelphia, Pa. in 1730; Martin Bittner came to Philadelphia in 1741.
  • Rice Family Crest (11 KB)
    Origin Displayed: Welsh - Origins Available: Welsh, German Spelling variations include: Rice, Rees, Rhys and others. First found in Carmarthenshire where they were seated from very early times. Some of the first settlers of this name or some of its variants were: Henry Rice who settled in Virginia in 1622; John Rice settled in Virginia in 1639; Richard Rice settled in Virginia in 1650; Anne, Daniel, Edward, Mary, Michael, Thomas, and William Rice all settled in Boston between 1820 and 1860.
  • Alejandro Family Crest (11 KB)
    Origin Displayed: Belgium - Spelling variations include: Di Sandro, Sandra, Sandras, Sandre, Sandrolini, Sandron, Sandrone, Alessandro, Alessandra, Lassandro, Lassandra and many more. First found in Belgium, where the name became noted for its many branches in the region, each house acquiring a status and influence which was envied by the princes of the region. Some of the first settlers of this name or some of its variants were: Many settlers were recorded from the mid 17th century onward in the great migration from Europe to the New World.
  • Rios Family Crest (12 KB)
    Origin Displayed: Spanish - Origins Available: Italian, Spanish Spelling variations include: Ríos, Rios, de Ríos, de los Ríos, de Rios, de los Rios, Río, Rio, del Río, del Rio and many more. First found in Asturias, an important Christian kingdom of medieval Spain. Some of the first settlers of this name or some of its variants were: Among the early Spanish explorers to voyage to the New World and beyond was Fernando de los Ríos Coronel, who journeyed to the Philippines in the late 1500s. He invented a process to convert sea water into drinking water. Early migrants to the New World include Antonio de Ríos, who sailed to Peru in 1534.
  • Aponte Family Crest (11 KB)
    Origin Displayed: Italian - Spelling variations include: Aponte, Apponti, Apponto, Aponto and others. First found in Palermo, a city and province of Sicily, at the foot of Mount Pellegrino, originally a Phoenician colony in the 3rd century B. Some of the first settlers of this name or some of its variants were: Many settlers were recorded from the end of the 19th century in the great migration from Italy to the New World. Migrants settled in the eastern seaboard principally in New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania.
  • Rivera Family Crest (12 KB)
    Origin Displayed: Spanish - Spelling variations include: Rivera, Ribera, Ribeira, Rivero, Ribero, Ribeiro and others. First found in Castile, the kingdom that led the Reconquest of the peninsula from the Muslims, in medieval times. Some of the first settlers of this name or some of its variants were: Among the early explorers of the New World and beyond was Hernando de Ribera, who voyaged to Brazil and Argentina with Sebastian Cabot in the 1520s. Also of note was Gabriel de Ribera, who accompanied López de Legazpi to the Philippines in the 1570s. Other members of the family who were early emigrants to Spain's colonies in the New World included María, who emigrated to Peru in 1560.
  • Colon Family Crest (11 KB)
    Origin Displayed: Spanish - Origins Available: Spanish, English Spelling variations include: Colom, Colomer, Colombe, Colomb, Colomi, Colomo, Colomé, Coloma, Colomas, Colombi, Colomina, Colominas, Colombara, Colombare, Colombaro and many more. First found in Valencia, on Spain's Mediterranean coast. Some of the first settlers of this name or some of its variants were: Among the early explorers of the New World was Nicasio Colon who arrived in Nombre de Dios, Panama in 1535. Later settlers included Martin Colon who arrived in New Orleans in 1851.
  • Rodriguex Family Crest (11 KB)
    Origin Displayed: Spanish - Origins Available: French, Spanish Spelling variations include: Rodríguez, Rodriguez, Rodriz, Rodríguiz, Rodriguiz, Rodrigo, Roderiz, Ruderiz, Roiz and many more. First found in Castile, where the name originated in Visigothic times. Some of the first settlers of this name or some of its variants were: Among the early explorers of the New World was Francisco Ruiz Galán, who journeyed to Argentina with Pedro de Mendoza in 1536. Also of note was Garci Rodríguez de Vergara, who accompanied Alvar Núñez to Paraguay in 1542. His brother Pedro remained in Spain as confessor to King Philip II. Juan Rodríguez Serrano voyaged with Magellan as far as the Philippines, and commanded the fleet after Magellan's death in 1521. Other members of the family who were early emigrants to Spain's colonies in the New World included Vicente, who emigrated to Peru in 1560.
  • Figueroa Family Crest (12 KB)
    Origin Displayed: Spanish - Spelling variations include: Figueroa, de Figueroa, Figuera, Figueras, Figueres, Figuero, Figueros, Figueredo, de Figueredo, Figuerola, Figarola, Higuera, de la Higuera, Higueras, de las Higueras, Higuero and many more. First found in Galicia, in the northwestern region of Spain. Some of the first settlers of this name or some of its variants were: Early migrants to the New World bearing this surname or a variant spelling of this name included Gonzalo de la Higuera, who sailed to America in 1512.
  • Siegel Family Crest (12 KB)
    Origin Displayed: German - Origins Available: Jewish, German Spelling variations include: Siegel, Sigel, Sigl, Siegl, Siegler, Sigler, Siglin, Sieglin, Siegelin, Sigelin, Siglen, Sieglen, Siegele and many more. First found in Bavaria, where the family gained a significant reputation for its contributions to the emerging mediaeval society. Some of the first settlers of this name or some of its variants were: Jacob Siegel, who came to Pennsylvania in 1727. Johannes Siglin settled in Pennsylvania in 1753 with his wife and five children, as did John Siegel in 1765.
  • Garner Family Crest (12 KB)
    Origin Displayed: English - Origins Available: German, English Spelling variations include: Garner, Garnier, Gerner and others. First found in Rutland where they were seated from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D. Some of the first settlers of this name or some of its variants were: John Garner who settled in Virginia in 1637; with his wife Mary; Miller Garner settled in the Barbados in 1679; Nicholas and Richard Garner settled in Virginia in 1637.
  • Spencer Family Crest (12 KB)
    Origin Displayed: English - Spelling variations include: Spencer, Spenser, Spensor and others. First found in Leicestershire where they held a family seat from early times. Some of the first settlers of this name or some of its variants were: Thomas Spencer settled in Virginia in 1623; William Spencer settled in Cambridge Mass. in 1630; Thomas Spencer settled in Maine in 1630; Peter and John Spencer settled in the Barbados in 1635.
  • Garst Family Crest (11 KB)
    Origin Displayed: German - Spelling variations include: Gerst, Garst, Gerster, Garster, Garstel, Gerstel and others. First found in Baden, where the name was anciently associated with the tribal conflicts of the area. Some of the first settlers of this name or some of its variants were: settlers who travelled to the New World and established themselves along the eastern seaboard of the United States and Canada in the 18th and 19th centuries.
  • Tetro Family Crest (11 KB)
    Origin Displayed: French - Spelling variations include: Tetreault, Tetrel, Tetreau, Tetrault, Tétrault and many more. First found in Brittany. Some of the first settlers of this name or some of its variants were: 480 individuals who arrived from France onto Canadian shores between 1600 and 1900. Most came during the nineteenth century, but a few immigrated earlier, such as Daniel Tetreau, who married in 1694.
 
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