Benford History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain were the first to use the name of Benford. The name had a practical origin since it came from when its initial bearer worked as a keeper of the pound where animals were sheltered. Pinfold was an area where stray animals were rounded up if their owners failed to properly supervise their use of common grazing land. Occupational names that were derived from the common trades of the medieval era transcended European cultural and linguistic boundaries. Occupational names have remained fairly common in the modern period. This is attested to by the continuing appearance of occupational suffixes at the end of many English surnames. Some of these suffixes include: herd, monger, maker, hewer, smith, and wright.

Early Origins of the Benford family

The surname Benford was first found in Bedfordshire (Old English: Bedanfordscir), located in Southeast-central England, formerly part of the Anglo-Saxon kingdom of Mercia, where they held a family seat from early times and their first records appeared on the early census rolls taken by the early Kings of Britain to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.

Early History of the Benford family

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Benford Spelling Variations

Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. Changes in Anglo-Saxon names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Benford include Penfold, Penfield, Pinfold and others.

Early Notables of the Benford family (pre 1700)

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United States Benford migration to the United States +

Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Benford or a variant listed above:

Benford Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Jo Benford, aged 20, who landed in Virginia in 1635 [1]
  • Sam Benford, who landed in Virginia in 1650 [1]
Benford Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Gen Benford, who arrived in Virginia in 1706 [1]
  • William Benford, who arrived in New York in 1797 [1]
Benford Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Edward Benford, aged 52, who arrived in New York in 1812 [1]

Contemporary Notables of the name Benford (post 1700) +

  • Tom Benford (b. 1949), American author, writer, songwriter, musician, photographer
  • Bill Benford (b. 1902), American jazz double-bassist and tubist, brother of Tommy Benford
  • Thomas "Tommy" Benford (1905-1994), African American jazz drummer
  • Anthony "Tony" Benford, American basketball coach
  • Frank Albert Benford Jr. (1883-1948), American electrical engineer and physicist best known for rediscovering and generalizing Benford's Law
  • Gregory Benford (b. 1941), American science fiction author and astrophysicist
  • John W. Benford, American politician, Mayor of Mt. Pleasant, Michigan, 1938-39 [2]
  • Harry C. Benford, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Pennsylvania, 1924 [2]
  • Dorothy Benford, American politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Mississippi 2nd District, 1988, 1990, 1992 [2]
  • Blanche Benford, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Florida, 2004 [2]

USS Arizona
  • Mr. Sam Austin Benford, American Baker Second Class from California, USA working aboard the ship "USS Arizona" when she sunk during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on 7th December 1941, he died in the sinking [3]

  1. ^ 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)
  2. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, December 1) . Retrieved from
  3. ^ Pearl Harbour: USS Arizona Casualties List Pearl Harbour December 7, 1941. (Retrieved 2018, July 31st). Retrieved from on Facebook
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