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The origins of the name Bence are from the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. It is derived from the English personal name Bennett. That name is derived from the medieval name Benedict, which comes from the Latin Benedictus, meaning blessed. It owed much of its popularity to St. Benedict, who remained famous well into the Middle Ages.

Bence Early Origins



The surname Bence was first found in Yorkshire where Ernisius filius Bence was first listed the Pipe Rolls of 1175. Three years later, Aernulfus flius Benze was listed in the the Pipe Rolls of Northumberland in 1178. [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)

Osmund Benz was lord of six estates in Nottinghamshire in 1066 at the time of the Conquest. By the Domesday Book of 1086, his estates had been reduce to two, both still in Nottinghamshire. [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)

There may be a Norman connection as sources there show Robert and William Bence there (1180-1198) [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X)
The Hundredorum Rolls of 1279 list William Bence. [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)

"Kentwell Hall [in Long Melford, Suffolk], the residence of the family of Bence, is a venerable structure in the ancient domestic style, and contains much old painted glass." [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.


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Bence Spelling Variations


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Bence Spelling Variations



Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Bence family name include Bence, Bense, Benche, Bencke, Bench, Benchley and others.

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Bence Early History


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Bence Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bence research. Another 178 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1622, 1688, 1659, 1676 and 1683 are included under the topic Early Bence History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Bence Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Bence Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 37 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Bence Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Bence In Ireland


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Bence In Ireland



Some of the Bence family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 45 words (3 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration



For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland, the Canadas, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Bence surname or a spelling variation of the name include:

Bence Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • John Bence who settled in Virginia in 1653
  • John Bence, who arrived in Virginia in 1653
  • William Bence, who landed in Virginia in 1654
  • William Bence who settled in Virginia in 1654

Bence Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Adam Bence who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1738
  • Andrices Bence, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1740

Bence Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • F. Bence settled in Baltimore Maryland in 1823

Bence Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • George Bence arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Woodstock" in 1851
  • Margaret Bence, English convict from Southampton, who was transported aboard the "Anna Maria" on October 4, 1851, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia

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Contemporary Notables of the name Bence (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Bence (post 1700)



  • Amelia Bence (1914-2016), née María Amelia Batvinik, an Argentine film actress, one of the divas in the Golden Age of Argentine Cinema (1940-1960)
  • Alfred Henry Bence (1908-1977), Canadian lawyer and politician, Member of the Canadian House of Commons
  • Cyril Raymond Bence, British toolmaker, and politician, member of the UK Parliament

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Motto



The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Virtus castellum meum
Motto Translation: Virtue my castle.


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Bence Family Crest Products


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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  2. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  3. ^ The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X)
  4. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

Other References

  1. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
  2. Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
  3. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  4. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
  5. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
  6. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
  7. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
  8. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
  9. Innes, Thomas and Learney. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland 1st Edition. Edinburgh: W & A. K. Johnston Limited, 1938. Print.
  10. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
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The Bence Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Bence 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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