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Where did the English Bentley family come from? What is the English Bentley family crest and coat of arms? When did the Bentley family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Bentley family history?The Bentley name has descended through the generations from the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture. Their name comes from having lived in one of the many places called Bentley. These included parishes in the counties of Suffolk, Hampshire, Warwickshire, Derby, and Essex, as well as a myriad of small hamlets throughout the counties of England. The surname is derived from Benet-legh which literally means the field of Benedict.
Only recently has spelling become standardized in the English language. As the English language evolved in the Middle Ages, the spelling of names changed also. The name Bentley has undergone many spelling variations, including Bentley, Bentli, Bentlie, Bently and others.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bentley research. Another 292 words(21 lines of text) covering the years 1600, 1662, 1742, 1794, 1871, and 1896 are included under the topic Early Bentley History in all our PDF Extended History products.
Another 26 words(2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Bentley Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the Bentley family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 124 words(9 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.
To escape the unstable social climate in England of this time, many families boarded ships for the New World with the hope of finding land, opportunity, and greater religious and political freedom. Although the voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, those families that arrived often found greater opportunities and freedoms than they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Bentley were among those contributors:
Bentley Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century
Bentley Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century
Bentley Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Viva ut vivas
Motto Translation: Live that you may live forever.
The Bentley Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Bentley Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.
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