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Benway Surname History



Scottish annals reveal that the Benway surname came from a place name in Scotland, named with Viking elements. The name was no doubt taken on when they lived at Bennie, near the village of Braco in the parish of Logi-Almond in Perthshire.


Early Origins of the Benway family


The surname Benway 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 Benway family


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Benway Spelling Variations


Spelling variations are extremely common among Scottish names dating from this era because the arts of spelling and translation were not yet standardized. Spelling was done by sound, and translation from Gaelic to English was generally quite careless. In different records, Benway has been spelled Benny, Beny, Bennie, Bennee, Benne, Beney, Benney and others.

Early Notables of the Benway family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the Benway family to the New World and Oceana


Those who made the voyage were greeted with ample opportunity to acquire land and a political climate far away from the oppressive monarchy of the old country. They settled along the east coast of what would become Canada and the United States. In the American War of Independence, those who remained loyal to England traveled north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. In this century, many Scots living in North America have begun to recover their rich heritage through festivals, highland games, and Clan societies. An examination of passenger and immigration lists has shown early immigrants bearing the name Benway:

Benway Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Addie Benway, aged 66, who emigrated to the United States, in 1913
  • Mabel Benway, aged 26, who emigrated to the United States, in 1913
  • Edward C. Benway, aged 30, who landed in America, in 1915
  • Thomas Henry Benway, aged 18, who settled in America, in 1918
  • Charles Peter Benway, aged 18, who landed in America, in 1922
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Contemporary Notables of the name Benway (post 1700)


  • Robin Benway, American author of young adult novels from Orange County

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