Bend History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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The ancestry of the name Bend dates from the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. It comes from when the family lived in Cheshire and Lancashire. Originally, the surname was derived from the Old English word beonet, which meant by the grassy plain.  Other records show that the name was also a nickname derived from the Christian name Bennet or Benjamin and was frequently used by the Benedictine monks.
Early Origins of the Bend family
The surname Bend was first found in Cheshire and Lancashire, but we must look to Northumberland for the first listing of the surname; for it is there that we find Nicholas Bent listed in the Assize Rolls of 1256. 
Later, the Subsidy Rolls of 1327 in Staffordshire list Adam del Bent.  Robert de la Bende was listed in Shropshire during the reign of Edward III (1327-1377.) 
James Ben, Bane, Bene, Bennet or Biort (d. 1332), was Bishop of St. Andrews, trained from his youth for the church. "As Archdeacon of St. Andrews he was sent to France in 1325, along with three other dignitaries, to renew an offensive and defensive alliance with that country. In the original document his name occurs as Bene; he is subsequently mentioned as Sir James Bane; by Fordun he is called Jacobus Benedicti; while the name on his tombstone was Jacobus dominus de Biurt. " 
Early History of the Bend family
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Bend Spelling Variations
Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Bend have been found, including Bent, Benn, Ben, Bente, Bend and others.
Early Notables of the Bend family (pre 1700)
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Bend migration to the United States +
Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America bore the name Bend, or a variant listed above:
Bend Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- John Bend, who settled in Maryland in 1775
Bend Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Annie Bend, aged 18, who immigrated to the United States, in 1893
- Blume Bend, aged 24, who landed in America, in 1895
- Ester Bend, aged 3, who immigrated to the United States, in 1895
- Herman Bend, aged 0, who landed in America, in 1895
Bend Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Charles Bend, aged 30, who settled in America, in 1908
- Henry Bend, aged 28, who immigrated to the United States, in 1920
- Edward Bend, aged 10, who landed in America, in 1923
- Harold Bend, aged 53, who settled in America, in 1924
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The Bend 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: Nec temere, nec timide
Motto Translation: Neither rashly nor timidly.
- ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
- ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
- ^ Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print