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Benbow is an Anglo-Saxon name. The name was originally given to a person employed as an archer which is derived from the Old English words bend, which means to bend, and bowe which means bow.
The surname Benbow was first found in Middlesex, where they held a family seat from the Middle Ages.
One relatively recent invention that did much to standardize English spelling was the printing press. However, before its invention even the most literate people recorded their names according to sound rather than spelling. The spelling variations under which the name Benbow has appeared include Benbow, Bendbow, Benbowe, Bendbowe, Benbough, Bendebowe and many more.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Benbow 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 Benbow History in all our PDF Extended History products.
Another 323 words (23 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Benbow Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
At this time, the shores of the New World beckoned many English families that felt that the social climate in England was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. Thousands left England at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. A great portion of these settlers never survived the journey and even a greater number arrived sick, starving, and without a penny. The survivors, however, were often greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. These English settlers made significant contributions to those colonies that would eventually become the United States and Canada. An examination of early immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name Benbow arrived in North America very early:
Benbow Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
Benbow Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
The Benbow Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Benbow 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.
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