The saga of the name Bendbow follows a line reaching back through history to the days of the Anglo-Saxon
tribes in Britain. It was a name for someone who worked as 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 Bendbow family
The surname Bendbow was first found in Middlesex, where they held a family seat
from the Middle Ages.
Early History of the Bendbow family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bendbow 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 Bendbow History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Bendbow Spelling Variations
Before the last few hundred
years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations
are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon
surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Bendbow were recorded, including Benbow, Bendbow, Benbowe, Bendbowe, Benbough, Bendebowe and many more.
Early Notables of the Bendbow 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 Bendbow Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Bendbow family to the New World and Oceana
To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England
went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Bendbow family emigrate to North America: Ann Benbow who sailed to Virginia in 1652.