Bennet History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

The ancestors of the Bennet family lived among the Strathclyde people of the Scottish/English Borderlands. Their name is derived from the ancient Latin given name Benedictus, which means blessed.

Early Origins of the Bennet family

The surname Bennet was first found in Perthshire where "Benedictus, son of Walter de Sancto Edmundo, witnessed a charter of sale of land in Perth, 1219. Benedict the dean (decanus) witnessed the gift of the mill of Wystoun to the Hospital of Soltre in 1249. The fame of Saint Benedict (480-543) the patriarch of the Western monks made the name popular. " [1]

Important Dates for the Bennet family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bennet research. Another 235 words (17 lines of text) covering the years 1066, 1200, 1300, 1300, 1249, 1402, 1459, 1563, 1588, 1527, 1594, 1603, 1604, 1652, 1743, 1822, 1793, 1883, 1797, 1836, 1795, 1872, 1250 and are included under the topic Early Bennet History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Bennet Spelling Variations

The variation in the spelling of Medieval names is a result of the lack of spelling rules in the English language prior to the last few hundred years. Before that time, scribes spelled according to sound, often varying the spelling of name within a single document. Bennet has appeared as Bennett, Bennet, Benett, Benet and others.

Early Notables of the Bennet family (pre 1700)

Notable amongst the family at this time was Sir Thomas Bennett, Sheriff of London in 1594, and Lord Mayor (1603-1604); when he was knighted, he purchased the manor of Beachampton in Berkshire; W. Benett, who was the Mayor of Chester in...
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Migration of the Bennet family to Ireland

Some of the Bennet family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 125 words (9 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Bennet migration to the United States

As the persecution of Clan families continued, they sailed for North America in increasing numbers. In most cases, they found the freedom and opportunity they sought. Land was often available and the American War of Independence allowed Scots an opportunity to solidify their independence from the English crown. These settlers and their ancestors went on to play essential roles in the forging of the nations of the United States and Canada. Among them:

Bennet Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Bartholomew Bennet, aged 18, who arrived in Barbados in 1635 [2]
  • Jane Bennet, aged 16, who arrived in America in 1635 [2]
  • Jo Bennet, aged 18, who landed in Virginia in 1635 [2]
  • Matthew Bennet, aged 18, who landed in Virginia in 1635 [2]
  • Samvei Bennet, aged 24, who landed in New England in 1635 [2]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Bennet Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Thomas Bennet, who arrived in Virginia in 1713 [2]
  • William Bennet, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1799 [2]
Bennet Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Patrick Bennet, who landed in New York, NY in 1811 [2]
  • John M Bennet, aged 47, who arrived in New York in 1812 [2]
  • Alexander Bennet, aged 52, who arrived in New York in 1812 [2]
  • Reuben Bennet, who arrived in New York in 1824 [2]
  • John P Bennet, aged 32, who landed in Key West, Ha in 1842 [2]
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Bennet migration to Canada

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Bennet Settlers in Canada in the 17th Century
  • William Bennet, who settled in St. John's, Newfoundland in 1675 [3]
  • Peter Bennet, who arrived in Bay de Verde, Newfoundland in 1676 [3]
Bennet Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • John Bennet, who arrived in Old Perlican in, Newfoundland 1708 [3]
  • David Bennet, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1774
  • Corporal Bennet U.E. who settled in Eastern District [Cornwall], Ontario c. 1783 [4]
  • Mr. James Bennet U.E. who settled in Home District, [Niagara], Lincoln County, Ontario c. 1783 [4]
  • Mr. Thomas Bennet U.E. who settled in New Brunswick c. 1783 [4]
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Bennet Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • William and John Bennet, who arrived in Carbonear in 1804
  • Samuel Bennet, from county Wexford, was married in Tilton Harbour in 1819
  • John Bennet, who arrived in Canada in 1834
  • Samuel Bennet was a fisherman of Port au Bras, Newfoundland in 1860 [3]

Bennet migration to Australia

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Bennet Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • A.B. Bennet, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Caspar" in 1849 [5]
  • Mr. Samuel Bennet, (b. 1837), aged 20, Cornish farm labourer departing from Plymouth aboard the ship "Fitzjames" arriving in Port Jackson, New South Wales, Australia on 1st April 1857 [6]

Bennet migration to New Zealand

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Bennet Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Bennet, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Mandarin" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 14th November 1843 [7]
  • Mr. Bennet, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Rajah" arriving in Otago, South Island, New Zealand on 6th October 1853 [8]
  • Mr. Charles Bennet, (b. 1838), aged 18, British stable boy travelling from London aboard the ship "Isabella Hercus" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 4th January 1856 [7]
  • Miss Emma Bennet, (b. 1843), aged 15, British domestic servant travelling from Gravesend aboard the ship "Mystery" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 29th March 1859 [7]
  • Mr. John Bennet, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Spray of the Ocean" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 1st September 1859 [8]
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Contemporary Notables of the name Bennet (post 1700)

  • Douglas Joseph Bennet Jr. (1938-2018), American political official and 15th President of Wesleyan University, in Middletown, Connecticut (1995-2007)
  • Spencer Gordon Bennet (1893-1987), American film producer and director
  • Michael Farrand Bennet (b. 1964), American businessman, lawyer, and politician
  • Hiram Pitt Bennet (1826-1914), American Delegate from the Territory of Colorado
  • Meg Bennet (b. 1950), American screenwriter and actress
  • William Stiles Bennet (1870-1962), U.S. Representative from New York
  • William Bennet (1746-1820), Bishop of Cloyne, Ireland
  • Charles Bennet (1743-1822), 4th Earl of Tankerville, English cricket pioneer
  • William Bennet, English 18th century civil engineer
  • Abraham Bennet FRS (1749-1799), English clergyman and physicist, inventor of the gold-leaf electroscope
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Citations

  1. ^ Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)
  2. ^ 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)
  3. ^ Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0
  4. ^ 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
  5. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The CASPAR 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849Caspar.htm
  6. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 3rd May 2018). Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/emigration_nsw_1850_59.pdf
  7. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  8. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
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