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Of all the Anglo-Saxon names to come from Britain, Benbridge is one of the most ancient. The name is a result of the original family having lived in the parish of Aysgarth in North Yorkshire. The family originated in Bainbridge, which derives from the Old Norse words Beinn which literally means straight, and from the Old English word "Brycg" which means bridge. According to tradition, a Saxon by the name of Bayn defended a bridge against the enemy.

Benbridge Early Origins



The surname Benbridge was first found in North Yorkshire where Bainbridge is a village and civil parish in the Richmondshire district. This township holds about 14,210 acres, and takes its name from the river Bain. The Roman name for Bainbridge was Virosidum and the remains of a Roman Fort are located just outside the village. Bembridge is a village and civil parish on the easternmost point of the Isle of Wight where the Bembridge Windmill is the only remaining windmill on the Isle of Wight and dates from around 1700.

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Benbridge Spelling Variations


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Benbridge 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 Benbridge has appeared include Bainbridge, Bainebridge, Banbridge, Bainbrigg, Baynbrigg and many more.

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Benbridge Early History


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Benbridge Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Benbridge research. Another 167 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1301, 1462, 1514, 1511, 1514, 1636 and 1703 are included under the topic Early Benbridge History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Benbridge Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Benbridge Early Notables (pre 1700)



Distinguished members of the family include Christopher Bainbridge (1462-1514), Archbishop of York, who was made a Cardinal by Pope Julius II on 10 March, 1511; he was...

Another 27 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Benbridge Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration



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 Benbridge arrived in North America very early:

Benbridge Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Christopher Benbridge, who arrived in Maryland in 1664

Benbridge Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Constant Benbridge, who landed in Virginia in 1702
  • Thomas Benbridge, who landed in Virginia in 1702

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Citations



    Other References

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    10. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
    11. ...

    The Benbridge Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Benbridge 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 4 September 2013 at 14:33.

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