The name Bonnieface is part of the ancient legacy of the Anglo-Saxon
tribes of Britain. Bonnieface was a name used for a lucky person.
The surname Bonnieface 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 Bonnieface family
The surname Bonnieface was first found in Yorkshire
, where they held a family seat
from ancient times.
Early History of the Bonnieface family
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Bonnieface Spelling Variations
Until the dictionary, an invention of only the last few hundred
years, the English language lacked any comprehensive system of spelling rules. Consequently, spelling variations
in names are frequently found in early Anglo-Saxon
and later Anglo-Norman documents. One person's name was often spelled several different ways over a lifetime. The recorded variations of Bonnieface include Bonyface, Boniface, Bonieface, Bonifase, Boneface and others.
Early Notables of the Bonnieface family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Bonnieface family to the New World and Oceana
Thousands of English families boarded ships sailing to the New World in the hope of escaping the unrest found in England
at this time. Although the search for opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad took the lives of many because of the cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels, the opportunity perceived in the growing colonies of North America beckoned. Many of the settlers who survived the journey went on to make important contributions to the transplanted cultures of their adopted countries. The Bonnieface were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records: Richard Boniface, who arrived in Maryland in 1775.