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Bensley is a name that was brought to England by the ancestors of the Bensley family when they migrated to the region after the Norman Conquest in 1066. The Bensley family lived in Norfolk and Suffolk. The name is derived from an Old Norse phrase which means an area where beans were grown.

Bensley Early Origins



The surname Bensley was first found in Norfolk and Suffolk, where they had been granted lands by King William after the Norman Conquest in 1066. They are descended from Benzelius, Archbishop of Upsal in the Viking kingdom of Sweden. Benzelinus accompanied William Conqueror into England. There are now 28 different forms of spelling of this name. [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.

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Bensley Spelling Variations


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Bensley Spelling Variations



Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence in the eras before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate regularly changed the spellings of their names as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Bensley have been found, including Bensley, Bensely, Benseley, Benesle, Bensle, Benslie, Benslee, Benisly, Benslow, Beanslie, Binslie and many more.

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Bensley Early History


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Bensley Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bensley research. Another 71 words (5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Bensley History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Bensley Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Bensley Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Bensley 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



For many English families, the social climate in England was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. For such families, the shores of Ireland, Australia, and the New World beckoned. They left their homeland at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. Many arrived after the long voyage sick, starving, and without a penny. But even those were greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. Numerous English settlers who arrived in the United States and Canada at this time went on to make important contributions to the developing cultures of those countries. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Bensley were among those contributors:

Bensley Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • William Bensley, who landed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1638

Bensley Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Clement Bensley who settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1813

Bensley Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • George Bensley, aged 25, arrived in Lyttelton, New Zealand aboard the ship "Apelles" in 1874

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Contemporary Notables of the name Bensley (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Bensley (post 1700)



  • William E. Bensley, American Republican politician, Delegate to New York State Constitutional Convention at-large, 1967
  • Jackson H. Bensley, American Republican politician, Candidate in primary for Michigan State House of Representatives 104th District, 1974
  • Sir William Bensley (1737-1809), 1st Baronet of Saint Marylebone, English Director of the Honourable East India Company
  • Harry Bensley (1876-1956), English rake and adventurer
  • Robert Bensley (1740-1817), English actor, nephew of Sir William Bensley
  • P.A. Bensley, Australian master carpenter at Mawson Station, 1965, eponym Mount Bensley, Antarctica
  • Peter Bensley (b. 1954), Australian actor

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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.

Other References

  1. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. 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. Bede, The Venerable. Historia Ecclesiatica Gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History Of the English People). Available through Internet Medieval Sourcebook the Fordham University Centre for Medieval Studies. Print.
  4. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
  5. Shirley, Evelyn Philip. Noble and Gentle Men of England Or Notes Touching The Arms and Descendants of the Ancient Knightley and Gentle Houses of England Arranged in their Respective Counties 3rd Edition. Westminster: John Bowyer Nichols and Sons, 1866. Print.
  6. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
  7. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  8. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
  9. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
  10. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
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The Bensley Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Bensley 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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