Surname Bonfils

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Surname Bonfils

Postby aethahn » 03 Aug 2011, 22:29

Does anyone have a guess as to what the surname Bonfils might have been in Italy? I believe the name is French, however Mr. Bonfils was born in Italy.

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Re: Surname Bonfils

Postby johnnyonthespot » 03 Aug 2011, 22:57

Curiously, there are several "De Bonfils" listed in the current Italian telephone directory. See http://www.paginebianche.it/execute.cgi?iq=&ver=default&font=default&btt=1&mr=10&rk=&om=&qs=bonfils&dv=&l=en

According to this site, http://www.cognomiitaliani.org/cognomi/cognomi0002one.htm, there are several Italian surnames which have the latin "Bonfilius" as their root. These include Bonfiglio and Bonfigli.
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Re: Surname Bonfils

Postby johnnyonthespot » 03 Aug 2011, 23:02

Additionally, according to http://surnames.behindthename.com/name/bonfils, Bonfils is french for "good son".

That would tie in nicely with Bonfiglio/Buonfiglio (good son), Bonfigli/Buonfigli (good sons), etc.
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Re: Surname Bonfils

Postby aethahn » 04 Aug 2011, 03:23

Thank you so much for these suggestions!


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