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The origins of the Boniface surname date from the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. Their name originated with an early member who was a lucky person. The surname Boniface 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.

Boniface Early Origins



The surname Boniface was first found in Yorkshire, where they held a family seat from ancient times.

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Boniface Spelling Variations


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Boniface 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. Boniface has been recorded under many different variations, including Bonyface, Boniface, Bonieface, Bonifase, Boneface and others.

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Boniface Early History


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Boniface Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Boniface research. Another 409 words (29 lines of text) covering the years 1190, 1200, 1273 and 1500 are included under the topic Early Boniface History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Boniface Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Boniface Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Boniface Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



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 Boniface or a variant listed above:

Boniface Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Richard Boniface, who arrived in Maryland in 1775

Boniface Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • William Boniface, who landed in America in 1831
  • Juan Boniface, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851

Boniface Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Benjamin Boniface arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Princess Royal" in 1848
  • Benjamin Boniface arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Cromwell" in 1849
  • Elizabeth Boniface, aged 28, a servant, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Norman"

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Contemporary Notables of the name Boniface (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Boniface (post 1700)



  • Symona Farner Boniface (1894-1950), American film actress who appeared in 120 films, best remembered for her roles with The Three Stooges
  • Éric Boniface (b. 1969), former French footballer
  • Gwen M. Boniface COM, OOnt, BA, LLB, Canadian police officer, lawyer and former Commissioner of the Ontario Provincial Police (O.P.P.)
  • Guy Boniface (1937-1968), French rugby union footballer, brother of André Boniface, inducted into the World Rugby Hall of Fame in 2011
  • André Boniface (b. 1934), French former international rugby union player, inducted into the World Rugby Hall of Fame in 2011
  • Nale Boniface (b. 1993), Tanzanian beauty pageant titleholder, Miss Earth Tanzania 2014

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Boniface Historic Events


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Boniface Historic Events




HMS Hood

  • Mr. Jack Boniface (b. 1903), English Able Seaman serving for the Royal Navy from Hailsham, Sussex, England, who sailed into battle on the HMS Hood and died on 24th May 1941 in the sinking

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See Also


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Shirley, Evelyn Philip. Noble and Gentle Men of England Or Notes Touching The Arms and Descendants of the Ancient Knightley and Gentle Houses of England Arranged in their Respective Counties 3rd Edition. Westminster: John Bowyer Nichols and Sons, 1866. Print.
    2. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
    3. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
    4. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    5. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
    6. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
    7. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
    8. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
    9. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
    10. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
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    The Boniface Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Boniface Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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