The distinguished surname Bensfield is of ancient Anglo-Saxon
origin. The name is derived from the Old English words "bean," meaning "bean," and "feld," meaning "field." This name is borne by several places in England
, such as Benfield in Northamptonshire, Benville Manor in Dorset
, and the now-lost Benfield in Sussex
. Thus, the progenitor of the surname was most likely either someone who hailed from one of these places, or someone who lived near a bean field.
Early Origins of the Bensfield family
The surname Bensfield was first found in Hertfordshire
, where Goduin de Benefelle was recorded as a land-holder in the Domesday Book
. After the Norman Conquest
of 1066, King William granted the lands of England
to the barons that had served him in the Battle of Hastings. These barons followed the Norman practice of adopting the name of their land holdings; thus, it is possible that one branch of the Bensfield family is descended from Richard, who was granted lands in the village of Benefield, Northamptonshire.
Early History of the Bensfield family
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Bensfield Spelling Variations
It is only in the last few hundred
years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon
surnames like Bensfield are characterized by many spelling variations
. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. The variations of the name Bensfield include: Benfield, Benefield, Benfeld, Benefeld, Benefiel and others.
Early Notables of the Bensfield family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Bensfield family to the New World and Oceana
Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Bensfield or a variant listed above: Henry Benfield, who came to Virginia in 1674; Brasil Benfield, who settled in Barbados in 1678 with his wife Rebeccah and their son Edward; Thomas Benfield, who came to Virginia in 1721.