Anglo-Saxon origin. It was a name given to a lucky person. The surname Bonifys 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 Bonifys family
Yorkshire, where they held a family seat from ancient times.
Early History of the Bonifys family
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Bonifys Spelling Variations
hundred years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Bonifys were recorded, including Bonyface, Boniface, Bonieface, Bonifase, Boneface and others.
Early Notables of the Bonifys family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Bonifys family to the New World and Oceana
To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Bonifys family emigrate to North America: Richard Boniface, who arrived in Maryland in 1775.
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