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

The name Bennion is from the rugged landscape of Wales. It is a Celtic name that was derived from the Welsh personal name Enion, which was also spelled Einion and Eignon. The surname Bennion features the distinctive Welsh patronymic prefix ab-. The original form of the name was ab- Enion,but the prefix has been assimilated into the surname over the course of time and the overall spelling has sometimes been extensively altered.

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Compared to other ancient cultures found in the British Isles, the number of Welsh surnames are relatively few, but there are an inordinately large number of spelling variations. These spelling variations began almost as soon as surname usage became common. People could not specify how to spell their own names leaving the specific recording up to the individual scribe or priest. Those recorders would then spell the names as they heard them, causing many different variations. Later, many Welsh names were recorded in English. This transliteration process was extremely imprecise since the Brythonic Celtic language of the Welsh used many sounds the English language was not accustomed to. Finally, some variations occurred by the individual's design: a branch loyalty within a family, a religious adherence, or even patriotic affiliations were indicated by spelling variations of one's name. The Bennion name over the years has been spelled Bunyon, Banyen, Benion, Benyan, Benyon, Bunyan, Bunyen, Banion, Banyan, O'Banion, O'Benyon and many more.

First found in Cheshire, where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bennion research. Another 197 words(14 lines of text) covering the years 1046, 1628 and 1688 are included under the topic Early Bennion History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 47 words(3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Bennion Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Bennion family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 55 words(4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Many people from Wales joined the general migration to North America in the 19th and 20th centuries, searching for land, work, and freedom. Like the many other immigrants from the British Isles, they made a significant contribution to the development of Canada and the United States. The Welsh and their descendents added a rich cultural tradition to the newly developed towns, cities, and villages. An investigation of the immigration and passenger lists has revealed a number of people bearing the name Bennion:

Bennion Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • A. Bennion, aged 33, who landed in America, in 1895
  • Edwin Bennion, aged 26, who emigrated to the United States, in 1895
  • Enoch Bennion, aged 26, who landed in America, in 1895

Bennion Settlers in the United States in the 20th Century


  • Beatrice Elizabeth Bennion, aged 21, who emigrated to America from Burmingham, England, in 1907
  • Harry Bennion, aged 25, who landed in America from Burmingham, England, in 1907
  • John Horace Bennion, aged 34, who settled in America from Dewestry, England, in 1910
  • Charles Bennion, aged 56, who landed in America from Leicester, England, in 1913
  • Joseph Bennion, who emigrated to the United States, in 1919


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  • Captain Mervyn Sharp Bennion (1887-1941), American Navy officer awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor in 1941 for his heroism during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor
  • Milton Bennion (1870-1953), American educator and a university and educational administrator
  • Dave Bennion, American California winery owner
  • Harden Bennion (1862-1936), American Secretary of State of Utah from 1916 to 1920
  • Charles Bennion (1857-1929), American businessman, manufacturer and philanthropist
  • Lowell Lindsay Bennion (1908-1996), American educator and counselor
  • Adam Samuel Bennion (1886-1958), American leader in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
  • Fred Bennion (1884-1960), American college football coach
  • Samuel Raymond "Ray" Bennion (1896-1968), Welsh footballer
  • Samuel Otis Bennion (1874-1945), member of the First Council of the Seventy of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

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