Sicily, which is located off Southwestern Italy and incorporates the island of Sicily itself, the area of Naples, and the southern part of the Italian peninsula. Although people were originally known only by a single name, it became necessary for people to adopt a second name to identify themselves as populations grew and travel became more frequent. The process of adopting fixed hereditary surnames was not complete until the modern era, but the use of hereditary family names in Italy began in the 10th and 11th centuries. Italian hereditary surnames were developed according to fairly general principles and they were characterized by a profusion of derivatives coined from given names. The most common type of family name found in the region of Sicily is the patronymic surname, which is derived from the father's given name. During the Middle Ages, Italians adopted the patronymic system of name-making because it perfectly complemented the prevailing Feudal System. In Italy the popularity of patronymic type of surname is also due to the fact that during the Christian era, people often named their children after saints and biblical figures. The surname Bonifati was derived from the baptismal name which means the "good, faithful man." As the naming tradition grew in Europe baptismal names began to be introduced in many countries. Baptismal names were sometimes given in honor of Christian saints and other biblical figures. There are very few Christian countries in Europe that did not adopt surnames from these religious figures.
Early Origins of the Bonifati family
Baron of Casale. His brother Nicolo Bonifacio was senator of Messina around 1450.
Early History of the Bonifati family
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Bonifati Spelling Variations
local spellings of Italian surnames that occurred over the course of history, there are numerous variations for the surname Bonifati. These spelling variations include Bonifaci, Bonifacio, Bonifacci, Bonifazio, Bonifazi, Bonifazzi, Bonifati, Bonifacino, Bonfatti and many more.
Early Notables of the Bonifati family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Bonifati family to the New World and Oceana
A search of the immigration and passenger lists has shown a number of people bearing the name Bonifati:
Bonifati Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
Bonifati Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
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