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

The Benjamin surname is derived from the Hebrew personal name Benjamin, which literally means "son of the south," or "son of the right hand." The name most likely began to be used in England as a given name following the crusades, and was then taken on as a surname. Thus, the Benjamin surname is Hebrew in origin, but English as a surname, and may be carried by either Christians or Jews.

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One relatively recent invention that did much to standardize English spelling was the printing press. However, before its invention even the most literate people recorded their names according to sound rather than spelling. The spelling variations under which the name Benjamin has appeared include Benjamin, Benjammin, Beniamin, Benjamini, Benjamen and many more.

First found in Norfolk, where a Roger Beniamin was listed in the Pipe Rolls in that county in 1166. However, the name is also found in Berkshire, Cambridgeshire and Wiltshire before 1250. [1]


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Benjamin research. Another 357 words(26 lines of text) covering the years 1273, 1500, and 1850 are included under the topic Early Benjamin History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 53 words(4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Benjamin Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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At this time, the shores of the New World beckoned many English families that felt that the social climate in England was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. Thousands left England at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. A great portion of these settlers never survived the journey and even a greater number arrived sick, starving, and without a penny. The survivors, however, were often greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. These English settlers made significant contributions to those colonies that would eventually become the United States and Canada. An examination of early immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name Benjamin arrived in North America very early:

Benjamin Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century


  • Richard Benjamin who arrived in Boston in 1632
  • Jo Benjamin, who arrived in America in 1632
  • John Benjamin, who arrived in Boston, Massachusetts in 1632
  • Richard Benjamin, who landed in America in 1632
  • Mr Benjamin, who arrived in Virginia in 1649


Benjamin Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century


  • Jean Benjamin married in 1711

Benjamin Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • Mr. Benjamin, who landed in Mobile Ala in 1821
  • Philip Benjamin, who arrived in Charleston, South Carolina in 1826
  • J K Benjamin, who landed in Arkansas in 1844
  • F A Benjamin, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1850
  • I Benjamin, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851


Benjamin Settlers in the United States in the 20th Century


  • Frank Benjamin, who arrived in Mississippi in 1905

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  • Park Benjamin, British Guiana-born, American journalist
  • Judah Philip Benjamin, British-born, American politician, Confederate Secretary of War (18611862) and Secretary of State (18621865)
  • Joe Benjamin (b. 1919), American jazz bassist
  • Asher Benjamin (1773-1845), American architect
  • Harry Benjamin (1885-1986), German-born, American endocrinologist
  • Jessica Benjamin (b. 1946), American feminist and psychoanalyst
  • Joel Benjamin (b. 1964), American chess grandmaster
  • Vice Admiral Regina Benjamin (b. 1956), 18th Surgeon General of the United States
  • Richard Benjamin (1938-1969), American actor and film director, best know for his role in Goodbye, Columbus (1969)
  • Rick Benjamin, American musician, founder and conductor of P Aragon Ragtime Orchestra

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  • The Benjamin Families from Columbia County, New York by R. M. Benjamin.
  • The Benjamin Family in America by Gloria Wall Bicha.
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  1. ^ Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)

Other References

  1. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
  2. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
  3. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
  4. Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
  5. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
  6. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
  7. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  8. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
  9. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
  10. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
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The Benjamin Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Benjamin 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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