The name Bennyant 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 Bennyant 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.
Early Origins of the Bennyant family
The surname Bennyant was first found in Cheshire
, where they held a family seat
from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest
and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.
Early History of the Bennyant family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bennyant research.Another 197 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1046, 1628 and 1688 are included under the topic Early Bennyant History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Bennyant Spelling Variations
surnames are relatively few in number, but they have an inordinately large number of spelling variations
. There are many factors that explain the preponderance of Welsh
variants, but the earliest is found during the Middle Ages when Welsh
surnames came into use. Scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, which often resulted in a single person's name being inconsistently recorded over his lifetime. The transliteration of Welsh
names into English also accounts for many of the spelling variations: the unique Brythonic Celtic
language of the Welsh
had many sounds the English language was incapable of accurately reproducing. It was also common for members of a same surname to change their names slightly, in order to signify a branch loyalty within the family, a religious adherence, or even patriotic affiliations. For all of these reasons, the many spelling variations
of particular Welsh
names are very important. The surname Bennyant has occasionally been spelled Bunyon, Banyen, Benion, Benyan, Benyon, Bunyan, Bunyen, Banion, Banyan, O'Banion, O'Benyon and many more.
Early Notables of the Bennyant family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Bennyant family to Ireland
Some of the Bennyant family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 55 words (4 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 Bennyant family to the New World and Oceana
In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, many people from Wales
joined the general migration to North America in search of land, work, and freedom. These immigrants greatly contributed to the rapid development of the new nations of Canada and the United States. They also added a rich and lasting cultural heritage to their newly adopted societies. Investigation of immigration and passenger lists has revealed a number of people bearing the name Bennyant: Robert Bunyon who settled in Georgia in 1733 with his wife and two daughters; James Bunyon settled in New England
in 1764; Anne Bunyon settled in New England