Benedict History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

The Benedict family name is linked to the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. Their name comes from the personal name, Benedict, which was derived from the Latin name Benedictus, which meant blessed by God. [1] Another source notes the name could have been "from Benedictus, blessed, well spoken of, or a person wishing all good." [2]

Early Origins of the Benedict family

The surname Benedict was first found in Warwickshire, where they held a family seat from ancient times.

Benedict Biscop (628?-690), also called Biscop Baducing, was "founder of monasteries at Wearmouth and Jarrow, was an Angle of noble birth (Beda, v. 19, and Vita Abbat. i.), possibly of the royal race of the Lindisfari." [3]

Benedict of Gloucester ( fl. 1120), was author of a life of St. Dubricius, Archbishop of Caerleon, was, according to his own description of himself, a monk of St. Peter's, Gloucester.

Benedict (d. 1193), was "Abbot of Peterborough, whose birthplace is unknown, was probably a monk of Christ Church, Canterury, of which monastery he became prior in 1175. In 1177 he was elected to the abbacy of Peterborough, and died in that office at Michaelmas, 1193." [3]

Important Dates for the Benedict family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Benedict research. Another 232 words (17 lines of text) covering the years 1221, 1273, 1322, 1500, 1871, 1617, 1689 and 1638 are included under the topic Early Benedict History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Benedict Spelling Variations

Until the dictionary, an invention of only the last few hundred years, the English language lacked any comprehensive system of spelling rules. Consequently, spelling variations in names are frequently found in early Anglo-Saxon and later Anglo-Norman documents. One person's name was often spelled several different ways over a lifetime. The recorded variations of Benedict include Benedict, Benedicte, Benedici, Benedicti and many more.

Early Notables of the Benedict family (pre 1700)

Another 48 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Benedict Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Benedict migration to the United States

Thousands of English families boarded ships sailing to the New World in the hope of escaping the unrest found in England at this time. Although the search for opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad took the lives of many because of the cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels, the opportunity perceived in the growing colonies of North America beckoned. Many of the settlers who survived the journey went on to make important contributions to the transplanted cultures of their adopted countries. The Benedict were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records:

Benedict Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Simon Benedict who arrived in Philadelphia in 1732
  • Dietrich Benedict, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1738 [4]
  • Peter Benedict, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1765 [4]
  • Thomas Benedict, who landed in Long Island in 1781 [4]
Benedict Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Jose Otemy Benedict, aged 45, who landed in New Orleans, La in 1822 [4]
  • Russel Benedict who arrived in New Orleans in 1823
  • J Benedict, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1850 [4]
  • A S Benedict, who landed in San Francisco California in 1851 [4]
  • Collin Benedict, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1851 [4]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Benedict migration to Canada

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Benedict Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Mrs. Elizabeth Benedict U.E. born in Danbury, Connecticut, USA who settled in New Brunswick c. 1783 [5]
  • Mr. Ezra Benedict U.E. who settled in Canada c. 1783 [5]
  • Mr. John Benedict U.E. who settled in Eastern District [Cornwall], Ontario c. 1783 [5]
  • Mr. Joseph Benedict U.E. who settled in Eastern District [Cornwall], Ontario c. 1783 [5]
Benedict Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Amze L Benedict, who arrived in Canada in 1830
  • Smith Benedict, who arrived in Canada in 1831

Contemporary Notables of the name Benedict (post 1700)

  • Dirk Benedict (b. 1945), American actor, best known for his role in The A-Team (2010) and The A-Team (1983-1987)
  • Charles Benedict (b. 1937), American Olympic gold medalist for shooting at the 1908 games
  • Major-General Jay Leland Benedict (1882-1953), American President of War Department Dependency Board (1942-1946) [6]
  • Bruce Benedict (b. 1955), American Major League Baseball player
  • Paul Benedict (1938-2008), American actor
  • Elizabeth Benedict (b. 1954), American novelist
  • Ruth Fulton Benedict (1887-1948), American anthropologist, best known for her study of Native American and Japanese cultures
  • Sir Julius Benedict (1804-1885), English (German-born) composer and conductor
  • John Benedict Hillerman (1932-2017), American actor perhaps best known for his starring role on the television show Magnum, P.I
  • Carl Benedict Hase (b. 1780), French Hellenist

You May Also Like


  1. ^ Smith, Eldson Coles, New Dictionary of American Family Names New York, Harper & Row, 1956. Print
  2. ^ Arthur, William , An Etymological Dictionary of Family and Christian Names. London: 1857. Print
  3. ^ Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print
  4. ^ 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)
  5. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  6. ^ Generals of World War II. (Retrieved 2011, October 6) Jay Benedict. Retrieved from
Fastest Delivery Possible

Digital Products on Checkout, all other products filled in 1 business day

Money Back
Money Back Guarantee

Yes, all products 100% Guaranteed

BBB A+ Rating

The Best Rating possible

Secure Online Payment

Entire site uses SSL / Secure Certificate