Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. It was a name for a lucky person. The surname Boneface is derived from the Latin word bonifatius, which comes from the word bonum, which means good, and the word fatum, which means fate. Contrary to popular belief, the surname is not a derivative of bonifacius, which means well-doer. An English monk and missionary of this name was martyred in Germany in the mid-8th century, and subsequently was canonized as St. Boniface. Also, Pope Boniface VIII had several clashes with King Edward I of England over the taxation of the clergy.
Early Origins of the Boneface family
Yorkshire, where they held a family seat from ancient times.
Early History of the Boneface family
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Boneface Spelling Variations
Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Boneface have been found, including Bonyface, Boniface, Bonieface, Bonifase, Boneface and others.
Early Notables of the Boneface family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Boneface family to the New World and Oceana
Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America bore the name Boneface, or a variant listed above: Richard Boniface, who arrived in Maryland in 1775.
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