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The history of the Bensinger family name begins in the German province of Bavaria. Bensinger is a nickname surname, a class of German names derived from eke-names, or added names, that described people by a personal characteristic or other attribute. Bensinger is a name for a small, round man. The surname Bensinger is derived from the Alemannic or Swiss dialect word bunz, which means both little barrel or small man. The surname is also a derivative of the word bunze, which is the name for an oak wine-cask. Bensinger is also an Anglicized form of the German surname Bunzli or Bünzli, which are variant forms of the Old German given name of Buno, which is a Frisian name of uncertain etymological origin.

Bensinger Early Origins



The surname Bensinger was first found in Bavaria, where the name Bunzinger was anciently associated with the tribal conflicts of the area. They declared allegiances to many nobles and princes of early history, lending their influence in struggles for power and status within the region. They branched into many houses, and their contributions were sought by many leaders in their search for power.

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Bensinger Spelling Variations


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Bensinger Spelling Variations



In the medieval era, many different cultural groups lived in the German states. There are thus many regional variations of German surnames from that era. Westphalians spoke Low German, which is similar to modern Dutch. Many German names carry suffixes that identify where they came from. Others have phrases attached that identify something about the original bearer. Other variations in German names resulted from the fact that medieval scribes worked without the aid of any spelling rules. The spelling variations of the name Bensinger include Bunzinger, Bunzzinger, Bunzingger, Bunnzinger, Bunsinger, Bunnsinger, Bunsingger, Buenzinger, Buenzzinger, Buenzingger, Buennzinger, Buensinger, Buennsinger, Buensingger, Bonzinger, Bonzzinger, Bonzingger, Bonnzinger, Bonsinger, Bonnsinger, Bonsingger, Boenzinger, Boenzzinger, Boensinger, Boenzzinger, Boenzingger, Boennzinger, Boenazinger, Boenzzinger, Boenzingger, Boennzinger, Boensinger, Boennsinger and many more.

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Bensinger Early History


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Bensinger Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bensinger research. Another 103 words (7 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Bensinger History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Bensinger Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Bensinger Early Notables (pre 1700)



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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



European migration to North America began in the mid-17th century and continued unabated until the mid-20th. Many Bavarians made the long trip to escape poverty or persecution based on their religious beliefs. The chance for tenant farmers to own their own land was also a major drawing card. They settled all across the United States in Pennsylvania, Texas, New York, Illinois, and California. Many came to Canada also, settling in Ontario and the prairie provinces. Analysis of immigration records has shown some of the first Bensingers to arrive in North America, and among them were:

Bensinger Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Anthon Bensinger, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1743

Bensinger Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • George Christian Bensinger, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1850
  • E. Bensinger, aged 24, who emigrated to America, in 1895
  • Edouard Bensinger, aged 22, who landed in America, in 1896
  • Lina Bensinger, aged 24, who landed in America from Rotterdam, in 1897

Bensinger Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Eduard Bensinger, aged 4, who emigrated to the United States from Beresina, in 1900
  • Carl Bensinger, aged 6, who settled in America, in 1907
  • Clara Bensinger, aged 33, who emigrated to the United States, in 1907
  • Irene Bensinger, aged 32, who settled in America, in 1907
  • Ludwig Bensinger, aged 18, who emigrated to the United States from Szeghegy, Hungary, in 1909
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Bensinger (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Bensinger (post 1700)



  • Carl J. Bensinger, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Kentucky, 2000, 2008 (alternate)
  • Peter B. Bensinger (b. 1936), former Administrator of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA)
  • Tyler Bensinger, American film and television writer, producer and film director
  • Graham Bensinger (b. 1986), American television personality

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
    2. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
    3. Kapff, Rudolf. Schwäbische Geschlechtsnamen. Stuttgart: Verlag Silberburg, 1927. Print.
    4. Siebmacher, J.J. Siebmachers Wappenbuch. München, Battenberg: 1975. Print.
    5. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    6. Hildenbrand, A.M. Wappenfibel. Handbuch der Heraldik. Neustadt an der Aisch: 1970. Print.
    7. Neubecker, Ottfried. Wappen-Bilder-Lexikon der bürgerlichen Geschlechter Deutschlands, Oesterreichs und der Schweiz. Battenberg, München: 1985. Print.
    8. Kneschke, Dr. Ernest Heinrich. Neues allgemeines Deutsches Adels-Lexicon 9 Volumes New General German Aristocracy Lexicon. Leipzig: Friedrich Voigt, 1859. Print.
    9. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
    10. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    11. ...

    The Bensinger Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Bensinger 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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