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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.
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.
First found in the county of Norfolk, where they held a family seat from ancient times, long before the Norman Conquest in 1066.
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.
More information is included under the topic Early Benham Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
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.
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
- 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
- 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
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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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