The Bennisom surname is a patronymic
, created from the Medieval given name Benne, which comes from the Latin word "benedictus," which means "blessed." Some instances of the surname may also be derived from the name of the village of Benson in Oxfordshire
(Bennesingtun in Old English). CITATION[CLOSE]
Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6) CITATION[CLOSE]
Arthur, William , An Etymological Dictionary of Family and Christian Names. London: 1857. Print
Early Origins of the Bennisom family
The surname Bennisom was first found in Oxfordshire
, where a Peter de Bensinton was recorded in the Curia Regis Rolls for 1208. CITATION[CLOSE]
Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
Henry de Benson was recorded in that same county in Oseney, in 1269. A family of the name was established from ancient times in the vicinity of Barrow-in-Furness, Lancashire
. The Gildea, Gildee and other spellings were adopted in Ireland
and are explained in more detail later.
Early History of the Bennisom family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bennisom research.Another 137 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1326, 1200, 1332, 1393, 1667, 1640, 1676, 1731, 1711, 1713, 1829, 1896, 1883 and are included under the topic Early Bennisom History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Bennisom Spelling Variations
The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred
years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations
in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Bennisom has been spelled many different ways, including Benson, Benison, Bensone, Bennison, Gildea, Gilday, Gildee, Bennsone, Bennisoun, Bennisone and many more.
Early Notables of the Bennisom family (pre 1700)
Distinguished members of the family include John Benson (died 1667), a London publisher, best remembered for an important publication of the Sonnets and miscellaneous poems of William Shakespeare... Another 28 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Bennisom Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Bennisom family to Ireland
Some of the Bennisom family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 233 words (17 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Bennisom family to the New World and Oceana
Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Bennisoms to arrive in North America: John Benson, Mary Benson and their two children, who arrived in Massachusetts in 1638; Dirck Benson, who came to New York in 1648; Cutbert Benson, who came to Virginia in 1655.
The Bennisom 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: Si Deus quis contra?
Motto Translation: If God be with us who can be against us?.