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Where did the English Benbow family come from? What is the English Benbow family crest and coat of arms? When did the Benbow family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Benbow family history?

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.


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.

First found in Middlesex, where they held a family seat from the Middle Ages.


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

  • Ann Benbow who sailed to Virginia in 1652
  • Ann Benbow, who arrived in Virginia in 1652

Benbow Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Elizabeth Benbow arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Santipore" in 1848
  • Mrs. Benbow, aged 38, a matron, arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Star Queen"
  • Ann Benbow, aged 13, arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Star Queen"
  • Ellen Benbow, aged 11, arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Star Queen"
  • Clement Benbow, aged 10, arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Star Queen"


  • Leon Benbow (b. 1950), retired American NBA basketball player
  • Warren Benbow (b. 1954), American drummer, original member of James Blood Ulmer's band 'Odyssey'
  • 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


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  11. ...

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.

This page was last modified on 11 September 2013 at 10:20.

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