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The Benjamin family can find its origins within the landscape of Medieval France, particularly in that coastal region once known as Normandy. Their name is derived from the given name Binyamin, which means the son of the south, comes from The Bible, which tells that Benjamin was the youngest son of Jacob and the father of one of the twelve tribes of Israel.


The surname Benjamin was first found in Normandy (French: Normandie), the former Duchy of Normandy.

One can encounter great variation in the spelling of French surnames; in part, as spelling, and the spelling names was not yet standardized during the early development of the written French language. Later, there was much branching and movement of families, and spellings would change according to region. Variations of the name Benjamin include Benjamin, Jamin, Jamine, Jaminet, Jamet, Jammet, Jammes, Jamme, Jameton, Jamot and many more.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Benjamin research. Another 76 words (5 lines of text) covering the years 1696, 1701, 1711, 1723, 1735, 1773, 1850, and 1885 are included under the topic Early Benjamin History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


Notable amongst the family in this period was many individuals mentioned in the Armorial documents of 1696, around Alençon. Dom Nicolas Jamin, born in Dinan in 1711, was a theologian. Pierre-Charles Jamet, born in Louvières in 1701, became a financial assistant in Paris in 1723 and first assistant of the Indes...

Another 78 words (6 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Benjamin Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


French settlers came early to North American, following in the wake of the explorers, and creating New France. Quebec City, founded in 1608 by Samuel de Champlain is said to have been the first American site founded as a permanent settlement, rather than as just a commercial outpost. But emigration was slow, in 1643, 109 years after the first landings by Cartier, there were only about 300 French people in Quebec, and by 1663, when the region was officially made The Royal Colony of New France, by Louis XIV, there still only around 500 settlers. Over 2,000 would arrive during the next decade. Early marriage was desperately encouraged amongst the immigrants. Youths of 18 took fourteen-year-old girls for their wives. The fur trade was developed and attracted immigrants, both noble and commoner from France. By 1675, there were around 7000 French in the colony, and by that same year the Acadian presence in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island had reached 500. In 1755, 10,000 French Acadians refused to take an oath of allegiance to England and were deported to Louisiana. Despite the loss of the Colony to England, the French people flourished in Lower Canada. Among settlers to North America of the Benjamin surname were

Benjamin Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Richard Benjamin who arrived in Boston in 1632
  • Jo Benjamin, who arrived in America in 1632
  • John Benjamin, who arrived in Boston, Massachusetts in 1632
  • Richard Benjamin, who landed in America in 1632
  • Mr Benjamin, who arrived in Virginia in 1649
  • ...

Benjamin Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Jean Benjamin married in 1711

Benjamin Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Mr. Benjamin, who landed in Mobile Ala in 1821
  • Philip Benjamin, who arrived in Charleston, South Carolina in 1826
  • J K Benjamin, who landed in Arkansas in 1844
  • F A Benjamin, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1850
  • I Benjamin, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851
  • ...

Benjamin Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Frank Benjamin, who arrived in Mississippi in 1905

Benjamin Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Théotiste Benjamin married in Saint-Hyacinthe in 1827
  • Evan Benjamin, who arrived in Esquimalt, British Columbia in 1862

Benjamin Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • White Benjamin, aged 19, a farm labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1857 aboard the ship "Tantivy"
  • Benjamin Benjamin served as mayor of the city of Melbourne and was knighted in 1889

Benjamin Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Abraham Benjamin arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Asterope" in 1870

  • Thomas Benjamin (b. 1940), American composer of "Chesapeake Suite" (1992)
  • Alfred Stanley "Stan" Benjamin (1914-2009), American Major League Baseball player
  • Shelton Benjamin (b. 1975), American wrestler
  • Rick Benjamin (b. 1952), American announcer for Speed Channel
  • Rick Benjamin, American musician, founder and conductor of P Aragon Ragtime Orchestra
  • Richard Benjamin (1938-1969), American actor and film director, best know for his role in Goodbye, Columbus (1969)
  • Vice Admiral Regina Benjamin (b. 1956), 18th Surgeon General of the United States
  • Joel Benjamin (b. 1964), American chess grandmaster
  • Jessica Benjamin (b. 1946), American feminist and psychoanalyst
  • Harry Benjamin (1885-1986), German-born, American endocrinologist
  • ...

Benjamin Historic Events

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  • The Benjamin Families from Columbia County, New York by R. M. Benjamin.
  • The Benjamin Family in America by Gloria Wall Bicha.

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    Other References

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    3. Annuaire Général Héraldique Universel. Paris: Institut Héraldique, 1901. Print.
    4. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
    5. Guérard, Albert Léon. France: a Modern History. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 1959. Print.
    6. Rupp, Daniel L. A Collection of Upwards of Thirty Thousand Names of German, Swiss, Dutch, French and Other Immigrants to Pennsylvania from 1727 to 1776. Baltimore. Print.
    7. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    8. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. 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 Benjamin Family Crest was acquired from the archives. The Benjamin 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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