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Where did the English Bengal family come from? What is the English Bengal family crest and coat of arms? When did the Bengal family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Bengal family history?

The Bengal surname finds its earliest origins with the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. Their name is derived from the German name Beringer. The surname Bengal probably arrived in England shortly after the Norman Conquest of 1066, when the Normans imported many laborers from the continent in order to expedite their hold on England.

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It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon surnames like Bengal are characterized by many spelling variations. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Bengal include: Benger, Benyger, Beniger, Beneger, Bengar, Benniger and many more.

First found in Gloucestershire, where they held a family seat from ancient times.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bengal research. Another 380 words(27 lines of text) covering the years 1208, 1500, 1553, 1778, and 1827 are included under the topic Early Bengal History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Bengal Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Bengal or a variant listed above: Thomas Benger who arrived in Philadelphia in 1799 and Martin Benger in Philadelphia in 1871.

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The Bengal Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Bengal 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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