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Bonagura & St. Claire

While doing some online research, I came across a reference to Bonagura that dates back to the 13th century. In 1253, St. Claire wrote a letter to Blessed Agnes of Prague. This 4th letter was carried from Assisi to Blessed Agnes by 2 friars named Amato & Bonagura. The Latin text of this letter spells the name as Bonaguram and is translated into English as Bonaugura but the Italian translation has it as Bonagura, which seems closer to the Latin. So did we have an ancestor who knew St. Claire?

Luca Bonagura was born in Poggiomarino, Italy in 1872. His parents were Felice and Paulina Perillo. Luca married Anna Speranza in approx. 1894. He came to the US in 1899, working as a steward on the Trojan Prince to earn his passage across. His wife, Anna and the first of their children came to join him in NY in 1901.

The family of Luca Bonagura:

Luca and Anna had 7 children:
Felice (Felix or Phil) b. 1895, Michele (my grandfather, Michael) b.1897, Giuseppe (Joseph) b. 1899, Anthony b. 1902, Pauline b. 1904, Rose b. 1906, and Arthur b. 1908

Bonagura Meaning and History:
Reduced form of Bonaugura, from the personal name, an omen name meaning ‘good omen’.

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