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PronouncedPron.BAW-NEE-FAS French
BAWN-ə-fays English
BAWN-ə-fəs English

Meaning & History

From the Late Latin name Bonifatius, which meant "good fate" from bonum "good" and fatum "fate". This was the name of nine popes and also several saints, including an 8th-century Anglo-Saxon missionary to Germany (originally named Winfrid) who is now regarded as the patron saint of that country. It came into use in England during the Middle Ages, but became rare after the Protestant Reformation.
Other Languages & CulturesBonifác Czech Bonifaas, Faas Dutch Bonifaz German Bonifác Hungarian Bonifacio Italian Bonifatius Late Roman Bonifacy Polish Bonifacio Portuguese Bonifacio Spanish


Orthodox Saints, popes
Entry updated July 2, 2017   Contribute