The Benie family name comes from a place named by the Viking settlers who arrived in the shores of Scotland
in the Middle Ages. The Benie name comes from someone having lived at Bennie, near the village of Braco in the parish of Logi-Almond in Perthshire.
Early Origins of the Benie family
The surname Benie was first found in Cumberland
, and Westmorland
, where they held a family seat
from ancient times, long before the Norman Conquest
in 1066 A.D.
Early History of the Benie family
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Benie Spelling Variations
Contemporary spellings of ancient Scottish names often bear little resemblance to the original recorded versions. These spelling variations
result from the fact that medieval scribes spelled words and names alike according to their sounds. Benie has been spelled Benny, Beny, Bennie, Bennee, Benne, Beney, Benney and others.
Early Notables of the Benie family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Benie family to the New World and Oceana
The colonies on the fertile east coast of North America soon had many farms run by Scots. These hardy settlers provided a backbone for the great nations of the United States and Canada that would emerge in the next centuries. Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the Scottish name Benie or a variant listed above, including: William Bennie who was a saddle bag preacher in Boston in 1635; Stephen Benney settled in New York in 1822; Edward Benny settled in Virginia in 1654; along with James and Joseph, and Alexander who settled in the same state..
The Benie Motto
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: Virtute et opera
Motto Translation: By virtue and energy.