The distinguished surname Benefiel is of ancient Anglo-Saxon
origin. The name is derived from the Old English words "bean," meaning "bean," and "feld," meaning "field." This name is borne by several places in England
, such as Benfield in Northamptonshire, Benville Manor in Dorset
, and the now-lost Benfield in Sussex
. Thus, the progenitor of the surname was most likely either someone who hailed from one of these places, or someone who lived near a bean field.
Early Origins of the Benefiel family
The surname Benefiel was first found in Hertfordshire
, where Goduin de Benefelle was recorded as a land-holder in the Domesday Book
. After the Norman Conquest
of 1066, King William granted the lands of England
to the barons that had served him in the Battle of Hastings. These barons followed the Norman practice of adopting the name of their land holdings; thus, it is possible that one branch of the Benefiel family is descended from Richard, who was granted lands in the village of Benefield, Northamptonshire.
Early History of the Benefiel family
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Benefiel Spelling Variations
The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred
years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations
in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Benefiel has been spelled many different ways, including Benfield, Benefield, Benfeld, Benefeld, Benefiel and others.
Early Notables of the Benefiel family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Benefiel family to the New World and Oceana
Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Benefiels to arrive in North America:
Benefiel Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Eva Benefiel, aged 30, who emigrated to the United States, in 1914
Contemporary Notables of the name Benefiel (post 1700)
- Charles Benefiel (b. 1967), American artist
- John Benefiel (1761-1835), American politician, Delegate to Indiana State Constitutional Convention, 1816; Member of Indiana State House of Representatives, 1821-22 CITATION[CLOSE]
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