Anglo-Saxon culture of England produced the name of Bonniface. It was given to a lucky person. The surname Bonniface 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 Bonniface family
Yorkshire, where they held a family seat from ancient times.
Early History of the Bonniface family
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Bonniface Spelling Variations
One relatively recent invention that did much to standardize English spelling was the printing press. However, before its invention even the most literate people recorded their names according to sound rather than spelling. The spelling variations under which the name Bonniface has appeared include Bonyface, Boniface, Bonieface, Bonifase, Boneface and others.
Early Notables of the Bonniface family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Bonniface family to the New World and Oceana
At this time, the shores of the New World beckoned many English families that felt that the social climate in England was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. Thousands left England at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. A great portion of these settlers never survived the journey and even a greater number arrived sick, starving, and without a penny. The survivors, however, were often greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. These English settlers made significant contributions to those colonies that would eventually become the United States and Canada. An examination of early immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name Bonniface arrived in North America very early: Richard Boniface, who arrived in Maryland in 1775.
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