The distinguished surname Benfelt 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 Benfelt family
The surname Benfelt 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 Benfelt family is descended from Richard, who was granted lands in the village of Benefield, Northamptonshire.
Early History of the Benfelt family
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Benfelt Spelling Variations
Benfelt has been spelled many different ways. Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred
years, spelling variations
in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Spelling variants included: Benfield, Benefield, Benfeld, Benefeld, Benefiel and others.
Early Notables of the Benfelt family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Benfelt family to the New World and Oceana
In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England
, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Benfelts to arrive on North American shores: Henry Benfield, who came to Virginia in 1674; Brasil Benfield, who settled in Barbados in 1678 with his wife Rebeccah and their son Edward; Thomas Benfield, who came to Virginia in 1721.