The earliest origins of the family name Bonieface date back to the Anglo-Saxon
culture of Britain. It was a name given to a lucky person.
The surname Bonieface 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
over the taxation of the clergy.
Early Origins of the Bonieface family
The surname Bonieface was first found in Yorkshire
, where they held a family seat
from ancient times.
Early History of the Bonieface family
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Bonieface Spelling Variations
Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred
years ago, spelling variations
of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, French and other languages became incorporated into English through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Bonieface include Bonyface, Boniface, Bonieface, Bonifase, Boneface and others.
Early Notables of the Bonieface family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Bonieface family to the New World and Oceana
A great wave of immigration to the New World was the result of the enormous political and religious disarray that struck England
at that time. Families left for the New World in extremely large numbers. The long journey was the end of many immigrants and many more arrived sick and starving. Still, those who made it were rewarded with an opportunity far greater than they had known at home in England
. These emigrant families went on to make significant contributions to these emerging colonies in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants: Richard Boniface, who arrived in Maryland in 1775.