Benslow History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Benslow is a name that came to England in the 11th century wave of migration that was set off by the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Benslow family lived in Norfolk and Suffolk. The name is derived from an Old Norse phrase which means an area where beans were grown.

Early Origins of the Benslow family

The surname Benslow 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]

Important Dates for the Benslow family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Benslow research. Another 36 words (3 lines of text) covering the years 154 and 1548 are included under the topic Early Benslow History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Benslow Spelling Variations

The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries. For that reason, spelling variations are common among many Anglo-Norman names. The shape of the English language was frequently changed with the introduction of elements of Norman French, Latin, and other European languages; even the spelling of literate people's names were subsequently modified. Benslow has been recorded under many different variations, including Bensley, Bensely, Benseley, Benesle, Bensle, Benslie, Benslee, Benisly, Benslow, Beanslie, Binslie and many more.

Early Notables of the Benslow family (pre 1700)

Another 37 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Benslow Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Benslow family

To escape the uncertainty of the political and religious uncertainty found in England, many English families boarded ships at great expense to sail for the colonies held by Britain. The passages were expensive, though, and the boats were unsafe, overcrowded, and ridden with disease. Those who were hardy and lucky enough to make the passage intact were rewarded with land, opportunity, and social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families went on to be important contributors to the young nations of Canada and the United States where they settled. Benslows were some of the first of the immigrants to arrive in North America: Clement Bensley who settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1813; John Bensle settled in Philadelphia in 1751.

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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.
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