The ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture once found in Britain is the soil from which the many generations of the Bonifase family have grown. The name Bonifase was given to a member of the family who was a lucky person.
The surname Bonifase 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 Bonifase family
The surname Bonifase was first found in Yorkshire
, where they held a family seat
from ancient times.
Early History of the Bonifase family
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Bonifase Spelling Variations
Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations
were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Bonifase family name include Bonyface, Boniface, Bonieface, Bonifase, Boneface and others.
Early Notables of the Bonifase family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Bonifase family to the New World and Oceana
For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland
, the Canadas, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Bonifase surname or a spelling variation of the name include : Richard Boniface, who arrived in Maryland in 1775.