The distinguished surname Benningfield is of ancient Anglo-Saxon
origin. The name is derived from the Old English words "bean," meaning "bean," and "feld," meaning "field." This name is borne by several places in England
, such as Benfield in Northamptonshire, Benville Manor in Dorset
, and the now-lost Benfield in Sussex
. Thus, the progenitor of the surname was most likely either someone who hailed from one of these places, or someone who lived near a bean field.
Early Origins of the Benningfield family
The surname Benningfield was first found in Hertfordshire
, where Goduin de Benefelle was recorded as a land-holder in the Domesday Book
. After the Norman Conquest
of 1066, King William granted the lands of England
to the barons that had served him in the Battle of Hastings. These barons followed the Norman practice of adopting the name of their land holdings; thus, it is possible that one branch of the Benningfield family is descended from Richard, who was granted lands in the village of Benefield, Northamptonshire.
Early History of the Benningfield family
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Benningfield 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 Benningfield include Benfield, Benefield, Benfeld, Benefeld, Benefiel and others.
Early Notables of the Benningfield family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Benningfield family to the New World and Oceana
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: Henry Benfield, who came to Virginia in 1674; Brasil Benfield, who settled in Barbados in 1678 with his wife Rebeccah and their son Edward; Thomas Benfield, who came to Virginia in 1721.