Bonifay History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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Bonifay is a name whose history dates far back into the mists of early British times to the days of the Anglo-Saxon tribes. It is a name for a person who was referred to as the bon enfant, and is equivalent to the English Goodchild.
Early Origins of the Bonifay family
The surname Bonifay was first found in Oxfordshire, where they held a family seat from ancient times.
Early History of the Bonifay family
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Bonifay Spelling Variations
The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore, spelling variations are common among early Anglo-Saxon names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Bonifay has been recorded under many different variations, including Bonyfant, Bonifant, Bonenfant, Bonenfand, Bonefant, Bon Effaunt, Bonyfaunt, Bolyvaunt, Bonyvant and many more.
Early Notables of the Bonifay family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Bonifay family
For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Bonifay or a variant listed above: a number of settlers who arrived in the New World by the 19th century.
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