The name Bonnyface is rooted in the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture. It was a name for someone who was a lucky person.
The surname Bonnyface 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 Bonnyface family
The surname Bonnyface was first found in Yorkshire
, where they held a family seat
from ancient times.
Early History of the Bonnyface family
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Bonnyface Spelling Variations
Bonnyface has been spelled many different ways. Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred
years, spelling variations
in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Many variations of the name Bonnyface have been found, including Bonyface, Boniface, Bonieface, Bonifase, Boneface and others.
Early Notables of the Bonnyface family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Bonnyface family to the New World and Oceana
In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England
, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Bonnyfaces to arrive on North American shores: Richard Boniface, who arrived in Maryland in 1775.