The earliest origins of the Bonyface surname date from the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture of Britain. Their name reveals that an early member was a lucky person.
The surname Bonyface 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 Bonyface family
The surname Bonyface was first found in Yorkshire
, where they held a family seat
from ancient times.
Early History of the Bonyface family
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Bonyface Spelling Variations
It is only in the last few hundred
years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon
surnames like Bonyface are characterized by many spelling variations
. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Bonyface include: Bonyface, Boniface, Bonieface, Bonifase, Boneface and others.
Early Notables of the Bonyface family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Bonyface family to the New World and Oceana
Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Bonyface or a variant listed above: Richard Boniface, who arrived in Maryland in 1775.