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The name Benoist has been included within French history since the early portion of the Middle Ages. This Languedoc name is derived from remembrance of St. Benoit d'Aniane, who lived from 750 to 821.

Benoist Early Origins



The surname Benoist was first found in Languedoc, where the family held a family seat since ancient times.

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Benoist Spelling Variations


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Benoist Spelling Variations



French surnames were subject to numerous alterations in spelling because of the various cultural groups that inhabited specific regions. Eventually, each region possessed its own local dialect of the French language. The early development of the French language, however, was also influenced by other languages. For example, Old French was infused with Germanic words and sounds when barbarian tribes invaded and settled in France after the fall of the Roman Empire. Middle French also borrowed heavily from the Italian language during the Renaissance. As a result of these linguistic and cultural influences, the name Benoist is distinguished by a number of regional variations. The many spelling variations of the name include Benoît, Benoit, Benois, Benoie, Benoi, Benoy, Benoyt, Benoyte, Benoye, Benoys, Bennoît, Bennoit, Bennois, Bennoie, Bennoi, Bennoy, Bennoyt, Bennoyte, Bennoye, Bennoys, Benoitt, Bennoitte, De Benoît, De Benois, De Benoiste, De Bennoist and many more.

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Benoist Early History


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Benoist Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Benoist research. Another 505 words (36 lines of text) covering the years 1300, 1400, 1582, and 1618 are included under the topic Early Benoist History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Benoist Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Benoist Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 33 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Benoist 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



By 1643 there were only about 300 people in Quebe c. Since immigration was slow, early marriage was desperately encouraged amongst the immigrants. The fur trade attracted migrants, both noble and commoner. 15,000 explorers left Montreal in the late 17th and 18th centuries. By 1675, there were 7000 French in Quebec. By the same year the Acadian presence in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island had reached 500. In 1755, 10,000 French Acadians refused to take an oath of allegiance to England and were deported to Louisiana. The French founded Lower Canada, thus becoming one of the two great founding nations of Canada. The distinguished family name Benoist has made significant contributions to the culture, arts, sciences and religion of France and New France. Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name Benoist were

Benoist Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Claude Benoist, who landed in Louisiana in 1719
  • Francois Benoist, who landed in Massachusetts in 1763
  • Jean Benoist, who arrived in Maryland in 1763
  • Joseph Benoist, who landed in Massachusetts in 1763
  • Margueritte Benoist, who landed in Maryland in 1763
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Benoist Settlers in Canada in the 17th Century

  • Paul Benoist, who landed in Montreal in 1653
  • Jean Benoist, aged 24, arrived in Quebec in 1655
  • Bernard Benoist, who arrived in Canada in 1656
  • Jullien Benoist, who arrived in Montreal in 1659

Benoist Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Joseph Benoist, who landed in Quebec in 1714

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Contemporary Notables of the name Benoist (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Benoist (post 1700)



  • J. Hunt Benoist, American politician, Mayor of Clayton, Missouri, 1979-83
  • Dieudonné-Léopold Benoist, French Solicitor and Politician, France
  • Pierre Benoist, French Lawyer, Notary and Legislator
  • Antoine Benoist, 18th Century French artist, painter, and sculptor to Louis XIV
  • Marcel Benoist (d. 1918), French lawyer who established the Swiss Marcel Benoist Prize
  • Marie Guilhelmine Benoist, 19th Century painter
  • Louis Auguste Benoist, 19th Century pioneer banker and financier

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Benoist Historic Events


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Benoist Historic Events




HMS Hood

  • Mr. Donald Guille Benoist (b. 1913), English Able Seaman serving for the Royal Navy from Guernsey, Channel Island, England, who sailed into battle on the HMS Hood and died on 24th May 1941 in the sinking

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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: Benefacientes benedicti
Motto Translation: Blessed be doing well


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Rupp, Daniel L. A Collection of Upwards of Thirty Thousand Names of German, Swiss, Dutch, French and Other Immigrants to Pennsylvania from 1727 to 1776. Baltimore. Print.
    2. 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).
    3. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    4. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    5. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
    6. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    7. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
    8. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
    9. Rolland, and H.V. Rolland. Illustrations to the Armorial general by J. B. Rietstap 6 volumes in 3. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1976. Print.
    10. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
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    The Benoist Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Benoist 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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