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

The name Bingham has a long Anglo-Saxon heritage. The name comes from when a family lived at Bingham in the county of Nottinghamshire. The name of that place is derived from the Old Norse word bingr, meaning stall or manger, and the Old English word ham, meaning settlement or village.

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Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Bingham have been found, including Bingham, Binham, Bingam, Binghame and others.

First found in Nottinghamshire at Bingham, a market town in the Rushcliffe borough that has existed since at least the Domesday Book where it was listed as Bingheham which probably meant "homestead of the family or followers of a man called Bynna" from the Old English personal name + ham. [1] Bingham was a wapentake (hundred) in the central bottom portion of Nottinghamshire.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bingham research. Another 175 words(12 lines of text) covering the years 1090, 1246, 1300, 1915, 1615, 1673, 1645, 1659, 1668, 1723, 1573, 1658, 1607, 1639, 1625, 1682, 1662, 1654, 1714, 1692, 1714 and are included under the topic Early Bingham History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 83 words(6 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Bingham Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Bingham family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 283 words(20 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America bore the name Bingham, or a variant listed above:

Bingham Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century


  • William Bingham settled in Barbados in 1635
  • John Bingham settled in Virginia in 1653
  • Thomas Bingham who settled in Boston Massachusetts in 1673

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  • John Armor Bingham, American lawyer and politician, Congressman from Ohio, and a judge in the trial of the Abraham Lincoln assassination
  • Seth Bingham (1882-1972), American organist, composer and professor at Columbia University
  • George Caleb Bingham (1811-1879), American painter and frontier politician
  • Hiram Bingham, American Congregationalist missionary in Hawaii
  • Lord George Charles Bingham (b. 1967), English investment banker, the only son of the 7th Earl of Lucan, missing and presumed dead
  • John Michael Ward Bingham (1908-1988), 7th Baron Clanmorris, English spy and crime fiction writer
  • Charlotte Bingham (b. 1942), British novelist
  • Brigadier John Francis Bingham (1911-1989), Canadian Military Attaché to Turkey from 1947 to 1948


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  • Descendants of James Bingham of County Down, Northern Ireland by James Barry Bingham.
  • Fathers and Sons, the Bingham Family and the American Mission by Char Miller.
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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: Spes mea Christus
Motto Translation: Christ is my hope.

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  1. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)

Other References

  1. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
  2. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
  3. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
  4. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  5. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
  6. Innes, Thomas and Learney. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland 1st Edition. Edinburgh: W & A. K. Johnston Limited, 1938. Print.
  7. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  8. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  9. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  10. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
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The Bingham Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Bingham 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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