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The Bentley name has descended through the generations from the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture. Their name comes from having lived in one of the many places called Bentley. These included parishes in the counties of Suffolk, Hampshire, Warwickshire, Derby, and Essex, as well as a myriad of small hamlets throughout the counties of England. The surname is derived from Benet-legh which literally means the field of Benedict.

Bentley Early Origins



The surname Bentley was first found in Lancashire and Yorkshire, where they held a family seat from ancient times, long before the Norman Conquest in 1066.

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Bentley Spelling Variations


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Bentley Spelling Variations



Only recently has spelling become standardized in the English language. As the English language evolved in the Middle Ages, the spelling of names changed also. The name Bentley has undergone many spelling variations, including Bentley, Bentli, Bentlie, Bently and others.

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Bentley Early History


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Bentley Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bentley research. Another 213 words (15 lines of text) covering the years 1600, 1662, 1742, 1896, 1662 and 1742 are included under the topic Early Bentley History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Bentley Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Bentley Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Bentley Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Bentley In Ireland


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Bentley In Ireland



Some of the Bentley family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 63 words (4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



To escape the unstable social climate in England of this time, many families boarded ships for the New World with the hope of finding land, opportunity, and greater religious and political freedom. Although the voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, those families that arrived often found greater opportunities and freedoms than they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Bentley were among those contributors:

Bentley Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • William Bentley, who arrived in Jamestown, Va in 1607
  • William Bentley who sailed aboard the "Free Love" in 1624 from England, who settled in Virginia
  • Mary Bentley settled in New England in 1635
  • Abram Bentley, aged 20, arrived in Virginia in 1635
  • Alice Bentley, aged 15, landed in America in 1635
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Bentley Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Mary Bentley, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1703
  • Fra Bentley, who arrived in Virginia in 1703
  • Richard Bentley, who arrived in Virginia in 1704

Bentley Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Alexander Bentley, who arrived in New York in 1825
  • Joseph Bentley, who landed in New York in 1838
  • G Bentley, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851

Bentley Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Samuel Bentley, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1760
  • Samuel Bentley, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1761
  • Mr. John Bentley U.E. who settled in New Brunswick c. 1783 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X

Bentley Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Mirun Bentley, who arrived in Canada in 1834
  • Randall Spencer Bentley, who landed in Canada in 1834
  • David and William Bentley were fishermen of St. John's, Newfoundland in 1871 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0

Bentley Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Joseph Bentley, English convict from Staffordshire, who was transported aboard the "Asia" on April 1st, 1822, settling in New South Wales, Australia [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Asia 1 voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1822 with 190 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/asia/1822
  • John Bentley, English convict from York, who was transported aboard the "Anson" on September 23, 1843, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2015, January 8) Anson voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1843 with 499 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/anson/1843
  • James Bentley, aged 57, a carpenter, arrived in South Australia in 1849 aboard the ship "Cheapside"
  • James Bentley, aged 24, a carpenter, arrived in South Australia in 1849 aboard the ship "Cheapside"
  • James Bentley arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Cheapside" in 1849
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Bentley Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • John Bentley landed in Wellignton, New Zealand in 1840
  • Henry Bentley landed in Karori, New Zealand in 1840
  • Rachel Bentley, aged 18, arrived in Otago aboard the ship "Phoebe Dunbar" in 1841850
  • George Bentley, aged 13, arrived in Otago aboard the ship "Phoebe Dunbar" in 1841850
  • John Bentley, aged 20, a miller, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Clifton" in 1842
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Bentley (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Bentley (post 1700)



  • Helen Delich Bentley (1923-2016), American politician, Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Maryland (1985-1995)
  • William Spencer Bentley (b. 1872), American Republican politician, Member of South Dakota State House of Representatives 46th District, 1909-12
  • William C. Bentley, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Otsego County 2nd District, 1868
  • W. Clifford Bentley (b. 1905), American politician, Member of Michigan Socialist Labor State Central Committee, 1953, 1969; Treasurer of Michigan Socialist Labor Party, 1953
  • Wareham W. Bentley, American Democrat politician, Member of Connecticut State House of Representatives from Bozrah, 1903-06
  • Vernon G. Bentley (b. 1915), American Republican politician, Lawyer
  • Susan M. Bentley, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Florida, 2000, 2004, 2008
  • Russell B. Bentley, American politician, Representative from Minnesota 5th District, 1992
  • Robert J. Bentley (b. 1943), American Republican politician, Member of Alabama State House of Representatives; Elected 2002; Delegate to Republican National Convention from Alabama, 2008; Governor of Alabama, 2011-
  • Robert Bentley, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from New York, 1972
  • ... (Another 58 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Bentley Historic Events


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Bentley Historic Events




Halifax Explosion

  • Mrs. Etta Ashade  Bentley (1893-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917

HMS Prince of Wales

  • Mr. Frederick Bentley, British Able Bodied Seaman, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking

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Suggested Readings for the name Bentley


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Suggested Readings for the name Bentley



  • Bente, Bentley by Sylvia B. Lee.

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Motto


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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: Viva ut vivas
Motto Translation: Live that you may live forever.


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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  2. ^ Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0
  3. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Asia 1 voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1822 with 190 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/asia/1822
  4. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2015, January 8) Anson voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1843 with 499 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/anson/1843

Other References

  1. Innes, Thomas and Learney. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland 1st Edition. Edinburgh: W & A. K. Johnston Limited, 1938. Print.
  2. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin . Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
  3. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
  4. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  5. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
  6. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
  7. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  8. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
  9. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
  10. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
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The Bentley Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Bentley 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.

This page was last modified on 24 November 2016 at 16:19.

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