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The ancestors of the Benn surname lived among the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture. The name comes from when they lived in Cheshire and Lancashire. Originally, the surname was derived from the Old English word beonet, which meant by the grassy plain. [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
Other records show that the name was also a nickname derived from the Christian name Bennet or Benjamin and was frequently used by the Benedictine monks.

Benn Early Origins



The surname Benn was first found in Cheshire and Lancashire, but we must look to Northumberland for the first listing of the surname; for it is there that we find Nicholas Bent listed in the Assize Rolls of 1256. Later, the Subsidy Rolls of 1327 in Staffordshire list Adam del Bent. [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
Robert de la Bende was listed in Shropshire during the reign of Edward III (1327-1377.) [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)

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Benn Spelling Variations


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Benn 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 Benn include Bent, Benn, Ben, Bente, Bend and others.

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Benn Early History


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Benn Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Benn research. Another 237 words (17 lines of text) covering the years 1273, 1600, 1600 and 1680 are included under the topic Early Benn History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Benn Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Benn Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 18 words (1 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Benn Notables 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:

Benn Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • William Benn settled in St. Christopher in 1635
  • William Benn, aged 24, landed in St Christopher in 1635
  • Stephen Benn, who arrived in Virginia in 1637
  • Stephen Benn settled in Virginia in 1637

Benn Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Ed Benn, who landed in Virginia in 1706
  • Charles Benn, who arrived in South Carolina in 1755

Benn Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Thomas Benn, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1837

Benn Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Mr. John Benn U.E. who settled in Canada c. 1783 [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  • Mr. John Benn Sr., U.E. who settled in Canada c. 1783 [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  • Mr. John Benn , "Behn" U.E. who settled in Canada c. 1783 [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X

Benn Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • James Thomas Benn, English convict from Middlesex, who was transported aboard the "Andromeda" on November 13, 1832, settling in New South Wales, Australia

Benn Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Harriet Benn arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Wairoa" in 1880
  • Edward Benn arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Wairoa" in 1880
  • Alfred Ashenden Benn arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Wairoa" in 1880
  • Arthur Benn arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Wairoa" in 1880

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Contemporary Notables of the name Benn (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Benn (post 1700)



  • Anthony Neil Wedgewood "Tony" Benn (1925-2014), English politician, Member of the UK Parliament, Secretary of State for Energy (1975-1979), Secretary of State (1974-1979)
  • Mitch Benn (b. 1970), English musician and comedian
  • Sir Patrick Benn (1922-1992), English peer, 2nd Baronet Benn of Rollesby
  • Arthur Shirley Benn (1858-1937), 1st Baron Glenravel, English politician
  • Alfred William Benn, English writer and agnostic
  • Gottfried Benn (1886-1956), German poet

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Motto


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Motto



The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Nec temere, nec timide
Motto Translation: Neither rashly nor timidly.


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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  2. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  3. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X

Other References

  1. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  2. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  3. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
  4. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
  5. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
  6. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
  7. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
  8. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
  9. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  10. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
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The Benn Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Benn 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.

This page was last modified on 23 April 2016 at 15:03.

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