The Bengal surname finds its earliest origins with the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture of Britain. Their name is derived from the German name Beringer. The surname Bengal probably arrived in England
shortly after the Norman Conquest
of 1066, when the Normans
imported many laborers from the continent in order to expedite their hold on England.
Early Origins of the Bengal family
The surname Bengal was first found in Gloucestershire
, where they held a family seat
from ancient times.
Early History of the Bengal family
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Bengal Spelling Variations
It is only in the last few hundred
years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon
surnames like Bengal are characterized by many spelling variations
. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Bengal include: Benger, Benyger, Beniger, Beneger, Bengar, Benniger and many more.
Early Notables of the Bengal family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Bengal family to the New World and Oceana
Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Bengal or a variant listed above: Thomas Benger who arrived in Philadelphia in 1799 and Martin Benger in Philadelphia in 1871.