Benslowe History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancestors of the Benslowe family brought their name to England in the wave of migration after the Norman Conquest of 1066. They 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 Benslowe family

The surname Benslowe 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 Benslowe family

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

Benslowe Spelling Variations

Before the last few hundred years the English language had no fixed system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations occurred commonly in Anglo Norman surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Benslowe were recorded, including Bensley, Bensely, Benseley, Benesle, Bensle, Benslie, Benslee, Benisly, Benslow, Beanslie, Binslie and many more.

Early Notables of the Benslowe family (pre 1700)

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

Migration of the Benslowe family

The unstable environment in England at this time caused numerous families to board ships and leave in search of opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad in places like Ireland, Australia, and particularly the New World. The voyage was extremely difficult, however, and only taken at great expense. The cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels caused many to arrive diseased and starving, not to mention destitute from the enormous cost. Still opportunity in the emerging nations of Canada and the United States was far greater than at home and many went on to make important contributions to the cultures of their adopted countries. An examination of many early immigration records reveals that people bearing the name Benslowe arrived in North America very early: Clement Bensley who settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1813; John Bensle settled in Philadelphia in 1751.

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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