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The roots of the Benny surname reach back to the language of the Viking settlers who populated the rugged shores of Scotland in the Medieval era. The Benny surname comes from someone having lived at Bennie, near the village of Braco in the parish of Logi-Almond in Perthshire.

Benny Early Origins



The surname Benny was first found in Cumberland, and Westmorland, where they held a family seat from ancient times, long before the Norman Conquest in 1066 A.D.

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Benny Spelling Variations


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Benny Spelling Variations



Spelling variations are extremely common among Scottish names dating from this era because the arts of spelling and translation were not yet standardized. Spelling was done by sound, and translation from Gaelic to English was generally quite careless. In different records, Benny has been spelled Benny, Beny, Bennie, Bennee, Benne, Beney, Benney and others.

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Benny Early History


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Benny Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Benny research. Another 149 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1200 and 1607 are included under the topic Early Benny History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Benny Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Benny Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Benny Notables 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



Those who made the voyage were greeted with ample opportunity to acquire land and a political climate far away from the oppressive monarchy of the old country. They settled along the east coast of what would become Canada and the United States. In the American War of Independence, those who remained loyal to England traveled north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. In this century, many Scots living in North America have begun to recover their rich heritage through festivals, highland games, and Clan societies. An examination of passenger and immigration lists has shown early immigrants bearing the name Benny:

Benny Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Joseph Benny, who landed in Virginia in 1650
  • Edward Benny, who arrived in America in 1654
  • Edward Benny settled in Virginia in 1654

Benny Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Bartholomew Benny, who landed in New Orleans, La in 1813
  • James and Joseph, and Alexander Benny who settled in Virginia
  • Bernhard Benny, who arrived in New York, NY in 1850
  • James Benny, who arrived in Mississippi in 1856
  • Jacob Benny, who landed in St Clair County, Illinois in 1861

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Contemporary Notables of the name Benny (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Benny (post 1700)



  • Lorraine Benny, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Virgin Islands, 1980
  • Allan Benny (1867-1942), American Democrat politician, Member of New Jersey State House of Assembly from Hudson County, 1898-1900; U.S. Representative from New Jersey 9th District, 1903-05; Defeated, 1904
  • Jack Benny (1894-1974), American comedian, vaudeville performer, and radio, television, and film actor
  • Benjamin Benny (1869-1935), Australian politician
  • Robert Irving Benny Jr., Computer company economist, in Vienna, Virginia

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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: Virtute et opera
Motto Translation: By virtue and energy.


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
    2. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry Including American Families with British Ancestry 2 Volumes. London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
    3. Scots Kith and Kin And Illustrated Map Revised 2nd Edition. Edinburgh: Clan House/Albyn. Print.
    4. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1970. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
    5. Bell, Robert. The Book of Ulster Surnames. Belfast: Blackstaff, 1988. Print. (ISBN 10-0856404160).
    6. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
    7. Dorward, David. Scottish Surnames. Glasgow: Harper Collins, 1995. Print.
    8. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
    9. Warner, Philip Warner. Famous Scottish Battles. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1996. Print. (ISBN 0-76070-004-4).
    10. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
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    The Benny Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Benny 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.

    This page was last modified on 14 October 2015 at 09:05.

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