Early Origins of the Benally family
The surname Benally was first found in Cumberland
where they held a family seat
as Lords of the Manor. The Saxon influence of English history diminished after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed. But Saxon surnames survived and the family name was first referenced in the year 1307 when Edward Beanlands held a family seat in that shire.
Early History of the Benally family
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Benally Spelling Variations
Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon
surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations
. Changes in Anglo-Saxon
names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Benally include Beanley, Beanland, Benely, Beneland, Beenland and many more.
Early Notables of the Benally family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Benally family to the New World and Oceana
Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Benally or a variant listed above: settlers, who arrived along the eastern seaboard, from Newfoundland, to Maine, to Virginia, the Carolinas, and to the islands.
Contemporary Notables of the name Benally (post 1700)
- Rog Benally, American actor, known for Reservations (2015)
- Beau Benally, American actor, known for Pete & Cleo (2010), More Than Frybread (2011) and Blue Gap Boy'z (2008)
- Jeneda Benally, American bassist and co-vocalist in the Navajo punk rock band Blackfire, brother of Klee Benally
- Klee Benally (b. 1975), American ead vocalist and guitarist of Navajo punk rock band Blackfire