Boniface

[ bon-uh-feys, -fis; for 4 also French baw-nee-fas ]
/ ˈbɒn əˌfeɪs, -fɪs; for 4 also French bɔ niˈfas /
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noun

SaintWynfrith, a.d. 680?–755?, English monk who became a missionary in Germany.
a jovial innkeeper in George Farquhar's The Beaux' Stratagem.
(lowercase) any landlord or innkeeper.
a male given name: from a Latin word meaning “doer of good.”

Boniface I

noun

Saint,died a.d. 422, pope 418–422.

Boniface II

noun

pope a.d. 530–532.

Boniface III

noun

pope a.d. 607.

Boniface IV

noun

Saint, pope a.d. 608–615.

Boniface V

noun

died a.d. 625, pope 619–625.

Boniface VI

noun

pope a.d. 896.

Boniface VII

noun

antipope a.d. 974, 984–985.

Boniface VIII

noun

Benedetto Caetani, c1235–1303, Italian ecclesiastic: pope 1294–1303.

Boniface IX

noun

Pietro Tomacelli, died 1404, Italian ecclesiastic: pope 1389–1404.
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Boniface

/ (ˈbɒnɪˌfeɪs) /

noun

Saint . original name Wynfrith . ?680–?755 ad, Anglo-Saxon missionary: archbishop of Mainz (746–755). Feast day: June 5

Boniface VIII

noun

original name Benedict Caetano . ?1234–1303, pope (1294–1303)
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Word Origin and History for boniface

Boniface

"innkeeper," from Will Boniface, character in George Farquhar's comedy "The Beaux' Stratagem" (1707).

Contrary to the common opinion, this name derives not from Latin bonifacius 'well-doer,' but from bonifatius, from bonum 'good' and fatum 'fate.' The change to Bonifacius was due to pronunciation and from this was deduced a false etymology. Bonifatius is frequent on Latin inscriptions. Bonifacius is found only twice and these late (Thesaurus) ["Dictionary of English Surnames"]
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