Benbow History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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. [1]

Early Origins of the Benbow family

The surname Benbow was first found in the North Riding of Yorkshire, where they family came descent from Benningbrough, a township, in the parish of Newton-upon-Ouse, union of York, wapentake of Bulmer. [2] [3]

Another source claims "Benbow is the name of an ancient Shropshire family, to which belonged Colonel Benbow, a zealous Royalist, who met his death at Shrewsbury in 1651 for corresponding with the King; from this stock also came Admiral Benbow, who was born, at Cotton Hill, Shrewsbury, in 1650. " [4]

Early History of the Benbow family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Benbow research. Another 96 words (7 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 and printed products wherever possible.

Benbow Spelling Variations

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.

Early Notables of the Benbow 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 Royal Navy ships. The 256797 Benbow main belt asteroid was named after the Admiral Benbow Inn, a tavern in Robert Louis Stevenson's 1883 novel Treasure Island. His son, John Benbow (c.1681-1708), was an English...
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United States Benbow migration to the United States +

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
  • Ann Benbow who sailed to Virginia in 1652
  • Ann Benbow, who arrived in Virginia in 1652 [5]

Australia Benbow migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Benbow Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Elizabeth Benbow, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Santipore" in 1848 [6]
  • Mrs. Benbow, aged 38, a matron, who arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Star Queen" [7]
  • Ann Benbow, aged 13, who arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Star Queen" [7]
  • Ellen Benbow, aged 11, who arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Star Queen" [7]
  • Clement Benbow, aged 10, who arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Star Queen" [7]
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New Zealand Benbow migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Benbow Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. William Benbow, (b. 1863), aged Infant, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Huntress" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 21st April 1863 [8]
  • Mr. William Benbow, (b. 1827), aged 36, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Huntress" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 21st April 1863 [8]
  • Mrs. Mary Benbow, (b. 1828), aged 35, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Huntress" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 21st April 1863 [8]
  • Miss Anne Benbow, (b. 1852), aged 11, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Huntress" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 21st April 1863 [8]
  • Mr. James Benbow, (b. 1854), aged 9, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Huntress" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 21st April 1863 [8]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Benbow (post 1700) +

  • Leon Benbow (b. 1950), retired American NBA basketball player
  • Warren Benbow (b. 1954), American drummer, original member of James Blood Ulmer's band 'Odyssey'
  • Terence H. Benbow, American Democrat politician, Candidate in primary for U.S. Representative from Michigan 16th District, 1954
  • Loretta Benbow, American Democrat politician, Candidate in primary for Michigan State House of Representatives 20th District, 1978
  • John T. Benbow, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from North Carolina, 1912
  • William Benbow (1784-1841), English nonconformist preacher, pamphleteer and publisher, known for popularising the idea of a General Strike
  • Leonard "Len" Benbow (1876-1946), English footballer
  • Captain Edwin Louis Benbow (1895-1918), English flying ace during the First World War, credited with eight victories
  • Stephen George "Steve" Benbow (1931-2006), British folk guitar player, singer and music director


  1. ^ Harrison, Henry, Surnames of the United Kingdom: A Concise Etymological Dictionary Baltimore: Geneological Publishing Company, 2013. Print
  2. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  3. ^ Barber, Henry, British Family Names London: Elliot Stock, 62 Paternoster Row, 1894. Print.
  4. ^ Guppy, Henry Brougham, Homes of Family Names in Great Britain. 1890. Print.
  5. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  6. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) SANTIPORE 1848. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1848Santipore.htm
  7. ^ South Australian Register Monday 1st January 1855. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Star Queen 1854. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/starqueen1854.shtml
  8. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html


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