wynfrith boniface


[bon-uh-feys, -fis; for 4 also French baw-nee-fas]
Saint (Wynfrith) 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.”
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Boniface (ˈbɒnɪˌfeɪs)
Saint. original name Wynfrith. ?680--?755 ad, Anglo-Saxon missionary: archbishop of Mainz (746--755). Feast day: June 5

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"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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