The name Benoys 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 Benoys family
The surname Benoys was first found in Languedoc
, where the family held a family seat
since ancient times.
Early History of the Benoys family
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Benoys Spelling Variations
Throughout the course of history most surnames have undergone changes for many reasons. During the early development of the French language, a son and father may not have chosen to spell their name the same way. Many are simple spelling changes by a person who gave his name, phonetically, to a scribe, priest, or recorder. Many names held prefixes or suffixes which became optional as they passed through the centuries, or were adopted by different branches to signify either a political or religious adherence. Hence, we have many spelling variations
of this name, Benoys some of which are 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 Benoys family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Benoys family to the New World and Oceana
In the 1700s, land incentives were finally given out by France to 2,000 migrants. Early marriage was encouraged in New France, and youths of 18 took fourteen-year-old girls for their wives. The fur trade was developed and attracted migrants, both noble and commoner from France. 15,000 explorers left Montreal in the late 17th and 18th centuries, leaving French names scattered across the continent. The search for the Northwest passage continued. Migration from France to New France or Quebec, as it was now more popularly called, continued until 1759. 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 the treaty of Utrecht, Acadia were ceded by France to Britain in 1713. In 1755, 10,000 French Acadians refused to take an oath of allegiance to England
and were deported. They found refuge in Louisiana. Meanwhile, in Quebec, the French race flourished, founding in Lower Canada, one of the two great solitudes which became Canada. Many of this distinguished family name Benoys were prominent in social, cultural, religious and political affairs in France and New France. Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name Benoys 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.
The Benoys 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