Bennison History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
The Bennison 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 (Benington) in Oxfordshire (Bennesingtun in Old English).  
While the parish dates back to ancient Roman and Saxon times, it was listed as Baenesington c. 900. By the time of the Domesday Book of 1086, the village was known as Besintone.  Literally, the place name means "estate associated with a man called Benesa," from the Old English personal name + "ing" + "tun." 
Early Origins of the Bennison family
The surname Bennison was first found in Oxfordshire, where a Peter de Bensinton was recorded in the Curia Regis Rolls for 1208. 
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.
Some of the family branched in Yorkshire in the early years as Germanus Benson was listed as holding lands there in the Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379. 
Early History of the Bennison family
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Bennison Spelling Variations
Bennison has been spelled many different ways. Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred years, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Many variations of the name Bennison have been found, including Benson, Benison, Bensone, Bennison, Gildea, Gilday, Gildee, Bennsone, Bennisoun, Bennisone and many more.
Early Notables of the Bennison family (pre 1700)
Distinguished members of the family include William Benson (died 1549), an English Benedictine, the last Abbot of Westminster and first Dean of Westminster; John Benson (died 1667), a London publisher, best remembered for an important publication of the Sonnets and miscellaneous poems of William Shakespeare in 1640; Robert Benson (1676-1731), English Member of Parliament, made Chancellor of the Exchequer 1711, created Lord Bingley in 1713; and Edward...
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Migration of the Bennison family to Ireland
Some of the Bennison family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Bennison migration to the United States +
In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Bennisons to arrive on North American shores:
Bennison Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- Eliza Bennison, who arrived in Virginia in 1648 
Bennison Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- John Bennison, aged 40, who landed in New York in 1854 
Bennison migration to Canada +
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Bennison Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
- Mr. George Bennison U.E. (b. 1750) born in Yorkshire, England who settled in Saint John, New Brunswick c. 1783 he married widow Mary Timothy née Strong in 1781, they had 4 children 
Bennison migration to Australia +
Emigration to Australia
followed the First Fleets
of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:
Bennison Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- Mr. Matthew Bennison who was convicted in North Riding, Yorkshire, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Camden" on 21st March 1831, arriving in New South Wales, Australia 
Contemporary Notables of the name Bennison (post 1700) +
- Charles Ellsworth Bennison Jr. (b. 1943), American Episcopal clergyman, the 15th bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Pennsylvania (1998-2012)
- Andrew Bennison (1866-1942), American screenwriter and film director, known for Pardon My Scotch (featuring The Three Stooges in 1935), Pot o' Gold (1941) and Undercover Man (1936)
- John F. Bennison, American Republican politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Montgomery County, 1941-50 
- Jason Dean Bennison (b. 1973), birth name of J.D. Fortune, a Canadian rock singer and songwriter
- Ishia Bennison, British actress, known for her roles in The Awakening (1980), King David (1985) and Much Ado About Nothing (1984)
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The Bennison 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?.
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