Benoy History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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The name Benoy 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.
Early Origins of the Benoy family
The surname Benoy was first found in Languedoc, where the family held a family seat since ancient times.
The ancient lineage of this family was believed to originate from the family of Saint Benoît d'Aniane (750-821). By the 1300's the family was well established in the region of Languedoc where several members distinguished themselves through their contribution to the community in which they lived and received grants of lands, titles, and letters patent confirming their nobility and that of future generations. Gilles Benoît was made a Knight in recognition of his great contribution to his region.
Paul Benoit, born in 1626, son of François and Marie (neé Chatellain), arrived in Quebec on 22nd September 1653. He worked as a carpenter and married Isabelle-Elizabeth Gobinet in Montreal, Quebec on 16th September 1658. 
Early History of the Benoy family
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Benoy Spelling Variations
Most surnames have experienced slight spelling changes. A son may not chose to spell his name the same way that his father did. Many were errors, many deliberate. During the early development of the French language, a person usually gave his version, phonetically, to a scribe, a priest, or a recorder. Prefixes or suffixes varied. They were optional as they passed through the centuries, or were adopted by different branches to signify either a political or religious adherence. Hence, there a many spelling variations of the name Benoy, including 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.
Early Notables of the Benoy family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Benoy family
Immigration to New France was slow; therefore, 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 Benoy 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 Benoy were Jacques Benoît, who settled with his wife, Sara Mounie and son, Jean, in Carolina in 1695; D. Benoitt, aged 27; settled in Baltimore in 1823; Benjamin Bennoi settled with his wife and 2 children in Boston, Massachusetts, in 1768.
Contemporary Notables of the name Benoy (post 1700) +
- Clyde O. Benoy, American politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from New York 34th District, 1980 
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The Benoy 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
- ^ Olivier, Reginald L. Your Ancient Canadian Family Ties. Logan: The Everton Publishers, Inc., P.O. Box 368, 1972. Print
- ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 14) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html