[bon-uh-feys, -fis; for 4 also French baw-nee-fas]
- 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.”
- Saint,died a.d. 422, pope 418–422.
- pope a.d. 530–532.
- pope a.d. 607.
- Saint, pope a.d. 608–615.
- died a.d. 625, pope 619–625.
- pope a.d. 896.
- antipope a.d. 974, 984–985.
- Benedetto Caetani, c1235–1303, Italian ecclesiastic: pope 1294–1303.
- Pietro Tomacelli, died 1404, Italian ecclesiastic: pope 1389–1404.
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Examples from the Web for boniface
Boniface to Cuthberht and others, year 735, in Migne's "Patrologia," vol.A Literary History of the English People
Jean Jules Jusserand
Boniface ordered the spiritual Franciscans to conform to the rule of the conventuals.Folkways
William Graham Sumner
Boniface moved a-tiptoe and touched his Superior reverently on the shoulder.Border Ghost Stories
The choice then lay between Baldwin and Boniface of Montferrat.
As you wished, true, Boniface, but I can love you in another manner.The Conspirators
Alexandre Dumas (Pere)
- Saint . original name Wynfrith . ?680–?755 ad, Anglo-Saxon missionary: archbishop of Mainz (746–755). Feast day: June 5
- original name Benedict Caetano . ?1234–1303, pope (1294–1303)
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Word Origin and History for 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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