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The Bennitt surname is derived from the Latin given name Benedictus, which means "blessed." It became a common given name throughout Europe due to the popularity of St. Benedict (c.480-550). By the 12th century, the name was found in versions derived directly from the Latin, as well as versions derived from Norman French.

Bennitt Early Origins



The surname Bennitt was first found in north Lancashire where a Benedictine monastery known as Furness Abbey was by founded by the Savigny monks of Normandy in 1127. Records from the 12th century show Benet as a common Baptismal name in the region, which then became a patronymic surname (Eg. Benet son of Alan). There were other Benedictine monasteries in England, which also produced early instances of this surname. Willaston in Cheshire was home the family at early times. "Willaston Hall, an ancient brick building, was erected by the Bennett family in 1558, and continued to be their residence until a very late period." [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

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Bennitt Spelling Variations


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Bennitt Spelling Variations



Before the last few hundred years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Bennitt were recorded, including Bennett, Bennet, Benett, Benet and others.

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Bennitt Early History


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Bennitt Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bennitt research. Another 173 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1066, 1208, 1301, 1327, 1327, 1594, 1603, 1604, 1652, 1597, 1667, 1631, 1693, 1673, 1701, 1609, 1675, 1605, 1683, 1653, 1618, 1685, 1628, 1663, 1660, 1663, 1616, 1695, 1661, 1250 and are included under the topic Early Bennitt History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Bennitt Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Bennitt Early Notables (pre 1700)



Notables of the family at this time include Sir Thomas Bennett, Sheriff of London in 1594, and Lord Mayor (1603-1604); when he was knighted, he purchased the manor of Beachampton in Berkshire; W. Benett, Mayor of Chester in 1652; Sir Thomas Bennet, 1st Baronet ( c. 1597-1667); Sir Levinus Bennet, 2nd Baronet...

Another 91 words (6 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Bennitt Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Bennitt In Ireland


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Bennitt In Ireland



Some of the Bennitt family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 237 words (17 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Bennitt family emigrate to North America:

Bennitt Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • John Bennitt, who arrived in Maryland in 1663
  • Lawrence Bennitt, who landed in Maryland in 1663
  • Mathew Bennitt, who arrived in Virginia in 1664
  • Thomas Bennitt, who landed in Maryland in 1664
  • Willem Bennitt, who arrived in New York in 1687

Bennitt Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • William Bennitt, who landed in Virginia in 1714

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Contemporary Notables of the name Bennitt (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Bennitt (post 1700)



  • Noble Bennitt, American Democrat politician, Member of Connecticut State House of Representatives from New Milford; Elected 1902; Defeated, 1904

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Motto


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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: De bon vouloir servir le roy
Motto Translation: To serve the king with right good will.


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See Also


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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

Other References

  1. Shirley, Evelyn Philip. Noble and Gentle Men of England Or Notes Touching The Arms and Descendants of the Ancient Knightley and Gentle Houses of England Arranged in their Respective Counties 3rd Edition. Westminster: John Bowyer Nichols and Sons, 1866. Print.
  2. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
  3. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
  4. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
  5. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  6. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
  7. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
  8. Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
  9. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  10. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
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The Bennitt Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Bennitt Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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