The Benbowe name was originally an Anglo-Saxon
name that was given to 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 Benbowe family
The surname Benbowe was first found in Middlesex, where they held a family seat
from the Middle Ages.
Early History of the Benbowe family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Benbowe 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 Benbowe History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Benbowe Spelling Variations
Only recently has spelling become standardized in the English language. As the English language evolved in the Middle Ages, the spelling of names changed also. The name Benbowe has undergone many spelling variations
, including Benbow, Bendbow, Benbowe, Bendbowe, Benbough, Bendebowe and many more.
Early Notables of the Benbowe 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 Benbowe Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Benbowe family to the New World and Oceana
To escape the unstable social climate in England
of this time, many families boarded ships for the New World with the hope of finding land, opportunity, and greater religious and political freedom. Although the voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, those families that arrived often found greater opportunities and freedoms than they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Benbowe were among those contributors:
Benbowe Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- Ann Benbowe, who landed in Virginia in 1657 CITATION[CLOSE]
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)