Benne History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Benne family name comes from a place name that was first used among the Viking settlers who arrived in the shores of Scotland in the Middle Ages. The Benne name comes from someone having lived at Bennie, near the village of Braco in the parish of Logi-Almond in Perthshire.

Early Origins of the Benne family

The surname Benne was first found in Cumberland, and Westmorland, where they held a family seat from ancient times, long before the Norman Conquest in 1066 A.D.

Early History of the Benne family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Benne research. Another 69 words (5 lines of text) covering the years 1200 and 1607 are included under the topic Early Benne History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Benne Spelling Variations

Translation and spelling were non-standardized practices in the Middle Ages, so scribes had only their ears to rely on. This was a practice of extremely limited efficiency, and spelling variations in names, even within a single document, were the result. Over the years, Benne has appeared Benny, Beny, Bennie, Bennee, Benne, Beney, Benney and others.

Early Notables of the Benne family (pre 1700)

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


United States Benne migration to the United States +

The fertile east coast of what would become US and Canada was soon dotted with the farms of Scottish settlers. Some of them remained faithful to the crown and called themselves United Empire Loyalists, while others had the chance to pay back their old oppressors in the American War of Independence. That brave spirit lives on today in the highland games that dot North America in the summer. Passenger and immigration lists indicate that members of the Benne family came to North America quite early:

Benne Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • John Benne, who arrived in New England in 1651 [1]
  • James Benne, who landed in America in 1652 [1]
  • Richard Benne, who landed in Virginia in 1652 [1]
Benne Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Henry F Benne, who landed in New York in 1824 [1]
  • Ludwig Benne, who arrived in Texas in 1845 [1]

Contemporary Notables of the name Benne (post 1700) +

  • Louis Benne, American fighter pilot and flying ace in the U.S. Army Air Forces, during World War II, credited with 5 aerial victories


The Benne 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: Virtute et opera
Motto Translation: By virtue and energy.


  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)


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