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Boniface Name Meaning

English (Sussex) and French: from the personal name Boniface (from Latin Bonifatius a compound of bonum ‘good’ + fatum ‘fate destiny’; see also Bonifacio ). Bonifatius was the name of the Roman military governor of North Africa in 422–32 who was a friend of Saint Augustine. It was also borne by various early Christian saints and was adopted by nine popes. One of the noted early Christian saints of this name (c. 675–754) was born in Devon and martyred in Friesland after evangelical work among ancient Germanic tribes; he is one of the Ice Saints (see Pankratz ). In Latin the name was given chiefly to ecclesiastics rarely to men of the lower orders and Boniface was never very popular in England. In the Isle of Wight its use was possibly encouraged by a cult of Saint Boniface at Bonchurch. English: perhaps sometimes also a nickname from Anglo-Norman French bon enfas ‘good child’ with enfas as occasional nominative case for enfant understood by clerks as if the Christian saint's name Boniface (see 1 above). Compare Goodchild .

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press


Similar surnames: Boniface , Bonifacio, Bonifay, Bonifas, Bonafede, Bonica, Bonsack

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You can see how Boniface families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Boniface family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Boniface families were found in United Kingdom in 1891. In 1911 there were 26 Boniface families living in Ontario. This was about 90% of all the recorded Boniface's in Canada. Ontario had the highest population of Boniface families in 1911.
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What did your Boniface ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Labourer was the top reported job for people in the Canada named Boniface. 25% of Boniface men worked as a Labourer. .

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Top Male Occupations In 1921

  • Labourer
    25%
  • Journalier
    25%
  • Machinist
    17%
  • Tinsmith
    17%
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Between 1959 and 2004, in the United States, Boniface life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1962, and highest in 1989. The average life expectancy for Boniface in 1959 was 58, and 78 in 2004.

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