The name Bonnifase comes from the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture of Britain. It was a name for a lucky person.
The surname Bonnifase 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 Bonnifase family
The surname Bonnifase was first found in Yorkshire
, where they held a family seat
from ancient times.
Early History of the Bonnifase family
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Bonnifase Spelling Variations
Only recently has spelling become standardized in the English language. As the English language evolved in the Middle Ages, the spelling of names changed also. The name Bonnifase has undergone many spelling variations
, including Bonyface, Boniface, Bonieface, Bonifase, Boneface and others.
Early Notables of the Bonnifase family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Bonnifase family to the New World and Oceana
To escape the unstable social climate in England
of this time, many families boarded ships for the New World with the hope of finding land, opportunity, and greater religious and political freedom. Although the voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, those families that arrived often found greater opportunities and freedoms than they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Bonnifase were among those contributors: Richard Boniface, who arrived in Maryland in 1775.