Bennion History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Bennion is from the rugged landscape of Wales. It is a Celtic name that was derived from the Welsh personal name Enion, which was also spelled Einion and Eignon. The surname Bennion features the distinctive Welsh patronymic prefix ab-. The original form of the name was ab- Enion,but the prefix has been assimilated into the surname over the course of time and the overall spelling has sometimes been extensively altered. [1] [2]

"I wrote a series of articles some years ago entitled the 'Romance of the London Directory,' afterwards printed in book form. I stated that Bunyan was Bonjean, and that when we talked of' Good John Bunyan' we simply said 'Good John' twice over. This, I believe, was incorporated in a recent life of the great dreamer. But writing more soberly now, and after more study, I feel fairly confident that Bunyan's ancestry was Welsh. The great personal name of Enion or Eignon has left a very varied number of Welsh surnames, for 'Ab-Enion,' as Benyon will show, played freely with the vowels. " [3]

Early Origins of the Bennion family

The surname Bennion was first found in Bedfordshire where Henry Buniun was listed in the Curia Regis Rolls of 1204. Over one hundred years later, Simon Boynon was found in Bedfordshire in the Subsidy Rolls of 1309. "As Roger and John Buignon were sons of John Buignon, the surname, which has been noted only in Bedfordshire, was already hereditary in 1227 ( Assize Rolls of Bedfordshire), when it appears as Buingon, Buinon, Buignon and Bungnon in the neighbourhood of Ampthill and Bedford." [4]

Early History of the Bennion family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bennion research. Another 99 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1046, 1628 and 1688 are included under the topic Early Bennion History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Bennion Spelling Variations

Compared to other ancient cultures found in the British Isles, the number of Welsh surnames are relatively few, but there are an inordinately large number of spelling variations. These spelling variations began almost as soon as surname usage became common. People could not specify how to spell their own names leaving the specific recording up to the individual scribe or priest. Those recorders would then spell the names as they heard them, causing many different variations. Later, many Welsh names were recorded in English. This transliteration process was extremely imprecise since the Brythonic Celtic language of the Welsh used many sounds the English language was not accustomed to. Finally, some variations occurred by the individual's design: a branch loyalty within a family, a religious adherence, or even patriotic affiliations were indicated by spelling variations of one's name. The Bennion name over the years has been spelled Bunyon, Banyen, Benion, Benyan, Benyon, Bunyan, Bunyen, Banion, Banyan, O'Banion, O'Benyon and many more.

Early Notables of the Bennion family (pre 1700)

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Ireland Migration of the Bennion family to Ireland

Some of the Bennion family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 33 words (2 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

United States Bennion migration to the United States +

Many people from Wales joined the general migration to North America in the 19th and 20th centuries, searching for land, work, and freedom. Like the many other immigrants from the British Isles, they made a significant contribution to the development of Canada and the United States. The Welsh and their descendents added a rich cultural tradition to the newly developed towns, cities, and villages. An investigation of the immigration and passenger lists has revealed a number of people bearing the name Bennion:

Bennion Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • A. Bennion, aged 33, who landed in America, in 1895
  • Edwin Bennion, aged 26, who immigrated to the United States, in 1895
  • Enoch Bennion, aged 26, who landed in America, in 1895
Bennion Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Beatrice Elizabeth Bennion, aged 21, who immigrated to America from Burmingham, England, in 1907
  • Harry Bennion, aged 25, who landed in America from Burmingham, England, in 1907
  • John Horace Bennion, aged 34, who settled in America from Dewestry, England, in 1910
  • Charles Bennion, aged 56, who landed in America from Leicester, England, in 1913
  • Joseph Bennion, who immigrated to the United States, in 1919
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Bennion (post 1700) +

  • Fred Bennion (1884-1960), American college football coach
  • Adam Samuel Bennion (1886-1958), American leader in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
  • Lowell Lindsay Bennion (1908-1996), American educator and counselor
  • Charles Bennion (1857-1929), American businessman, manufacturer and philanthropist
  • Harden Bennion (1862-1936), American Secretary of State of Utah from 1916 to 1920
  • Dave Bennion, American California winery owner
  • Milton Bennion (1870-1953), American educator and a university and educational administrator
  • Captain Mervyn Sharp Bennion (1887-1941), American Navy officer awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor in 1941 for his heroism during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor
  • Harden Bennion, American Democratic Party politician, Utah Democratic State Chair, 1925 [5]
  • Samuel Raymond "Ray" Bennion (1896-1968), Welsh footballer
  • ... (Another 7 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

  1. ^ Lower, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  2. ^ Arthur, William , An Etymological Dictionary of Family and Christian Names. London: 1857. Print
  3. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  4. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  5. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 14) . Retrieved from on Facebook
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