Bennie History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

In the Middle Ages, the first family to use the Bennie surname took the name from a place name with Viking roots. They lived at Bennie, near the village of Braco in the parish of Logi-Almond in Perthshire.

Early Origins of the Bennie family

The surname Bennie 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 Bennie family

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

Bennie Spelling Variations

In the Middle Ages, no real standards were established to judge the accuracy of spelling and translation. They were done mostly by ear and intuition, and enormous numbers of spelling variations were the unsurprising result. Bennie has appeared as Benny, Beny, Bennie, Bennee, Benne, Beney, Benney and others.

Early Notables of the Bennie family (pre 1700)

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


United States Bennie migration to the United States +

North America was far from Britain's oppressive monarchy. There, the Scottish found land and freedom, and many even the opportunity to pay back England in the American War of Independence. This brave heritage survives today largely in Clan societies and other patriotic Scottish organizations. Research into passenger and immigration lists has brought forth evidence of the early members of the Bennie family in North America:

Bennie Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • William Bennie who was a saddle bag preacher in Boston in 1635
  • Alexander Bennie, who landed in Barbados in 1674 [1]
Bennie Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • John Bennie, who arrived in New York in 1834 [1]
  • David Bennie, aged 47, who arrived in Key West, Fla in 1840 [1]
  • Archibald Bennie, who landed in New York in 1848 [1]
  • James W Bennie, who landed in Arkansas in 1897 [1]

Australia Bennie migration to Australia +

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

Bennie Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • John Bennie, aged 29, a miner, who arrived in South Australia in 1851 aboard the ship "Marion" [2]
  • Jane Bennie, aged 19, a domestic servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1858 aboard the ship "Bee"

Contemporary Notables of the name Bennie (post 1700) +

  • Adam Bennie (b. 1967), American professional basketball referee in the National Basketball Association
  • John Bennie (1796-1869), Scottish Presbyterian missionary
  • Peter Bennie (b. 1898), Scottish professional footballer
  • John Bennie (b. 1896), Scottish professional association footballer
  • Robert Hunter Brown Bennie (1900-1972), Scottish footballer
  • Leigh Bennie, South African radio broadcaster
  • Andrew Bennie (b. 1956), New Zealand Olympic horseman
  • Oscar Bennie Roan III (b. 1951), retired American NFL football tight end
  • Robert Bennie Cranston (1791-1873), American Republican politician, Speaker of the Rhode Island State House of Representatives, 1846-47; Mayor of Newport, Rhode Island, 1853; Presidential Elector for Rhode Island, 1864 [3]
  • Bennie Gene Adkins (1934-2020), United States Army soldier and recipient of the Medal of Honor, for his actions during the Vietnam War; he died from COVID-19

HMAS Sydney II


The Bennie 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)
  2. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) MARION 1851 - HER HISTORY. Retrieved http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1851Marion.htm
  3. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 13) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  4. ^ HMAS Sydney II, Finding Sydney Foundation - Roll of Honour. (Retrieved 2014, April 24) . Retrieved from http://www.findingsydney.com/roll.asp


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