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The ancestors of the Benham surname lived among the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture. The name comes from when they lived in Norfolk.

Benham Early Origins



The surname Benham was first found in the county of Norfolk, where they held a family seat from ancient times, long before the Norman Conquest in 1066.

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Benham Spelling Variations


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Benham Spelling Variations



Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, French and other languages became incorporated into English through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Benham include Baynham, Bayneham, Bainham, Banham, Banam and others.

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Benham Early History


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Benham Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Benham research. Another 254 words (18 lines of text) covering the year 1476 is included under the topic Early Benham History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Benham Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Benham Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Benham Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Benham In Ireland


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Benham In Ireland



Some of the Benham family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 108 words (8 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



A great wave of immigration to the New World was the result of the enormous political and religious disarray that struck England at that time. Families left for the New World in extremely large numbers. The long journey was the end of many immigrants and many more arrived sick and starving. Still, those who made it were rewarded with an opportunity far greater than they had known at home in England. These emigrant families went on to make significant contributions to these emerging colonies in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants:

Benham Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • John Benham, who landed in Massachusetts in 1631
  • Anam Benham, who arrived in Maryland in 1633
  • Temperance Benham, who landed in Maryland in 1663

Benham Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Mathew Benham, who arrived in Virginia in 1714

Benham Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Mr. Benham, who arrived in Mobile, Ala in 1822
  • J Benham, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1850
  • Watson R Benham, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1850
  • Christina Benham, who landed in America in 1860

Benham Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • John Benham, a carpenter, arrived in New South Wales, Australia sometime between 1825 and 1832
  • Jane Benham, aged 19, arrived in South Australia in 1849 aboard the ship "Florentia"
  • Jane Benham arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Florentia" in 1849
  • Henry Benham, English Convict from London, who was transported aboard the "Aboukir" on December 24, 1851, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia

Benham Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • William Benham arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Gertrude" in 1863

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Contemporary Notables of the name Benham (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Benham (post 1700)



  • Willis Benham, American Republican politician, Member of Connecticut State House of Representatives from Hamden; Elected 1904
  • William J. Benham, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Pennsylvania, 1916 (alternate), 1932
  • William J. Benham, American politician, Representative from Michigan, 1960, 1962, 1964; Candidate in Democratic primary for Delegate to Michigan State Constitutional Convention from 4th Senatorial District, 1961
  • Warren Benham, American politician, Member of Connecticut State House of Representatives from Cheshire, 1820
  • Walter C. Benham, American Republican politician, Mayor of Canandaigua, New York, 1956
  • Murray Benham, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Ontario County, 1897
  • Susan M. Benham, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from California, 2000
  • Joseph S. Benham, American politician, U.S. Attorney for Ohio, 1823-29
  • Lent Benham, American politician, Member of Connecticut State House of Representatives from Hartland, 1820
  • John Samuel Benham (1863-1935), American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Indiana, 1916; U.S. Representative from Indiana 4th District, 1919-23; Defeated, 1922
  • ... (Another 19 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Benham Historic Events


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Benham Historic Events




RMS Titanic

  • Mr. Frederick Benham (d. 1912), aged 29, English Second Class Saloon Steward from Southampton, Hampshire who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking

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Benham Family Crest Products


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See Also


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
    2. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds. Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
    3. Bede, The Venerable. Historia Ecclesiatica Gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History Of the English People). Available through Internet Medieval Sourcebook the Fordham University Centre for Medieval Studies. Print.
    4. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
    5. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    6. Hitching, F.K and S. Hitching. References to English Surnames in 1601-1602. Walton On Thames: 1910. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0181-3).
    7. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
    8. Crispin, M. Jackson and Leonce Mary. Falaise Roll Recording Prominent Companions of William Duke of Normandy at the Conquest of England. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    9. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    10. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
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    The Benham Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Benham Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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