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09:30 Jun 22, 2001
French to English translations [Non-PRO]
French term or phrase: Bontiff
Last name of an American. I desire to know the meaning. I believe the name is French in origin. "Good" something...?
Wendy Anthony
English translation:Bontiff
Explanation:
Many names also got "transformed" (if not "deformed") over time, either by pure lasyness of the tongue, if not bad hearing (of an accent) and repeating (!). Following that trail, "bontiff" could have started as "Pontif" (pontife, pape) (pope)or as "bon type" (bon gars) (good guy).... But, again, nothing is less certain...

If you absolutely want it, a litteral translation would be:
bontiff = bon tif = bon tiffe = bon cheveu = good hair

tif/tiffe: pop. cheveu

(Please forgive me if this is bad English... I'm trying!)
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Germaine
Canada
Local time: 15:07
Grading comment
No answer gave me exactly what I expected. This answer actually built upon the previous answer so it was hard to decide. This response did actually give me a literal translation (as good as possible)which was what I wanted. Thanks.
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Summary of answers provided
naBontiff
Germaine
naPerhaps an old place name ?
1964
nanot french at all according to meAlbert Golub


  

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9 mins
not french at all according to me


Explanation:
sorry

Albert Golub
Local time: 21:07
Native speaker of: French
PRO pts in pair: 359
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33 mins
Perhaps an old place name ?


Explanation:
Mostly surnames derives from a place or something very old. Does not need all have exact meanings. When the place dissapear or change name , only historically can be found. But this surname mostly have a relation with dominic Islands. all links shows there.

1964
Turkey
Local time: 23:07
Native speaker of: Native in TurkishTurkish
PRO pts in pair: 294
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4 hrs
Bontiff


Explanation:
Many names also got "transformed" (if not "deformed") over time, either by pure lasyness of the tongue, if not bad hearing (of an accent) and repeating (!). Following that trail, "bontiff" could have started as "Pontif" (pontife, pape) (pope)or as "bon type" (bon gars) (good guy).... But, again, nothing is less certain...

If you absolutely want it, a litteral translation would be:
bontiff = bon tif = bon tiffe = bon cheveu = good hair

tif/tiffe: pop. cheveu

(Please forgive me if this is bad English... I'm trying!)


    Larousse
Germaine
Canada
Local time: 15:07
Native speaker of: Native in FrenchFrench
PRO pts in pair: 45
Grading comment
No answer gave me exactly what I expected. This answer actually built upon the previous answer so it was hard to decide. This response did actually give me a literal translation (as good as possible)which was what I wanted. Thanks.

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