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, Ital. Buonaparte , family name of Napoleon I, emperor of the French. Parentage

Napoleon's father, Carlo Buonaparte, 1746–85, a petty Corsican nobleman, was a lawyer in Ajaccio.
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 and Napoleon INapoleon I
, 1769–1821, emperor of the French, b. Ajaccio, Corsica, known as "the Little Corporal." Early Life

The son of Carlo and Letizia Bonaparte (or Buonaparte; see under Bonaparte, family), young Napoleon was sent (1779) to French military schools at
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Buonaparte is the Italian spelling of the Corsican surname, while Bonaparte is the French rendering.
"I'd like to see the great man," he said, meaning Napoleon, having hitherto called him Buonaparte like everybody else.
"Do you mean Buonaparte?" said the general with a smile.
He cannot stand the idea of Buonaparte hobnobbing on equal terms with all the sovereigns of Europe, especially our own, the grandson of the great Catherine!
We see that whereas the old prince refers to Napoleon as Bonaparte, Princess Marya calls him Buonaparte. Moreover, Bonaparte seems an artificial form, insofar as French pronunciation would ignore the final "e." Bonaparte turns out to be an arbitrary rendering that is neither French nor Italian.
our Folks here have conjured up concerning Lucien Buonaparte's
And what say You will become of Buonaparte? Why if Buonaparte be the General he is reputed to be, and if he will take Example and Experience from those ancient Heroes he pretends to emulate; He must go strait forward, and without losing a moment, to Vienna; [.