Bonhomme

(Un ). A goody man; according to Dr. Young's line, “What is mere good nature, but a fool?” The word, divided into two, is used in a good sense, as Etre un bon homme. Jacques Bonhomme means a peasant.

Jacques Bonhomme
(French). A peasant who ventures to interfere in politics. Hence, the peasants' rebellion in 1358 was called La Jacquerie. The term means “James Goodfellow”; we also often address the poor as “My good fellow.”

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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