The Benbo family name dates back to the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture of Britain. The name comes from when an early member worked as a person employed as an archer which is derived from the Old English words bend,
which means to bend,
which means bow.
Early Origins of the Benbo family
The surname Benbo was first found in Middlesex, where they held a family seat
from the Middle Ages.
Early History of the Benbo family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Benbo research.Another 191 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1349, 1440, 1545, 1585, 1607, 1623, 1653, 1653, 1702, 1702, 1883, 1681, 1708 and 1729 are included under the topic Early Benbo History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Benbo Spelling Variations
Benbo has been spelled many different ways. Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred
years, spelling variations
in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Many variations of the name Benbo have been found, including Benbow, Bendbow, Benbowe, Bendbowe, Benbough, Bendebowe and many more.
Early Notables of the Benbo family (pre 1700)
Distinguished members of the family include Rear-Admiral John Benbow (1653-1702), whose most famous exploit took place in August 1702 when he kept up a running fight for four days with a French squadron off St Marta in the West Indies after being deserted by most of his fleet, eponym of three... Another 117 words (8 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Benbo Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Benbo family to the New World and Oceana
In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England
, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Benbos to arrive on North American shores: Ann Benbow who sailed to Virginia in 1652.