The distinguished surname Beningfield 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 Beningfield family
The surname Beningfield 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 Beningfield family is descended from Richard, who was granted lands in the village of Benefield, Northamptonshire.
Early History of the Beningfield family
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Beningfield Spelling Variations
Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations
were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Beningfield family name include Benfield, Benefield, Benfeld, Benefeld, Benefiel and others.
Early Notables of the Beningfield family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Beningfield family to the New World and Oceana
For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland
, Canada, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Beningfield surname or a spelling variation of the name include: 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.