Boniface

Boniface

[bon-uh-feys, -fis; for 4 also French baw-nee-fas]
noun
1.
Saint (Wynfrith) a.d. 680?–755?, English monk who became a missionary in Germany.
2.
a jovial innkeeper in George Farquhar's The Beaux' Stratagem.
3.
(lowercase) any landlord or innkeeper.
4.
a male given name: from a Latin word meaning “doer of good.”
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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)
 
n
Saint. original name Wynfrith. ?680--?755 ad, Anglo-Saxon missionary: archbishop of Mainz (746--755). Feast day: June 5

Boniface VIII
 
n
original name Benedict Caetano. ?1234--1303, pope (1294--1303)

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Boniface
"innkeeper," 1803, 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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