Benson History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

The Benson surname is a patronymic, created from the Medieval given name Benne, which comes from the Latin word "benedictus," which means "blessed." Some instances of the surname may also be derived from the name of the village of Benson (Benington) in Oxfordshire (Bennesingtun in Old English). [1] [2]

While the parish dates back to ancient Roman and Saxon times, it was listed as Baenesington c. 900. By the time of the Domesday Book of 1086, the village was known as Besintone. [3] Literally, the place name means "estate associated with a man called Benesa," from the Old English personal name + "ing" + "tun." [4]

Early Origins of the Benson family

The surname Benson was first found in Oxfordshire, where a Peter de Bensinton was recorded in the Curia Regis Rolls for 1208. [5]

Henry de Benson was recorded in that same county in Oseney, in 1269. A family of the name was established from ancient times in the vicinity of Barrow-in-Furness, Lancashire. The Gildea, Gildee and other spellings were adopted in Ireland and are explained in more detail later.

Some of the family branched in Yorkshire in the early years as Germanus Benson was listed as holding lands there in the Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379. [1]

Important Dates for the Benson family

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Benson Spelling Variations

The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore, spelling variations are common among early Anglo-Saxon names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Benson has been recorded under many different variations, including Benson, Benison, Bensone, Bennison, Gildea, Gilday, Gildee, Bennsone, Bennisoun, Bennisone and many more.

Early Notables of the Benson family (pre 1700)

Distinguished members of the family include William Benson (died 1549), an English Benedictine, the last Abbot of Westminster and first Dean of Westminster; John Benson (died 1667), a London publisher, best remembered for an important publication of the Sonnets and miscellaneous poems of William Shakespeare in 1640; Robert Benson (1676-1731), English Member of Parliament, made Chancellor of the Exchequer 1711, created Lord Bingley in 1713; and Edward...
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Migration of the Benson family to Ireland

Some of the Benson family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Benson migration to the United States

For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Benson or a variant listed above:

Benson Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Henery Benson, who landed in Virginia in 1620 [6]
  • Dirck Benson, who landed in New Netherland(s) in 1620 [6]
  • Henry Benson, who arrived in Virginia in 1623 [6]
  • Win Benson, aged 28, who arrived in Barbados in 1634 [6]
  • William Benson, aged 28, who landed in Barbados in 1634 [6]
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Benson Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Amy Benson, who settled in Virginia in 1714
  • Amy Benson, who arrived in Virginia in 1714 [6]
  • Mary Benson, who arrived in Boston, Massachusetts in 1744 [6]
  • Thomas Benson, who landed in America in 1794 [6]
  • Jacob Benson, aged 14, who landed in Salem, Massachusetts in 1799 [6]
Benson Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Paul Benson, aged 25, who arrived in New York in 1812 [6]
  • Berkett Benson, who landed in New York in 1836 [6]
  • George K Benson, aged 33, who landed in Buffalo, NY in 1840 [6]
  • Michael Benson, aged 25, who arrived in Missouri in 1840 [6]
  • Heinr Benson, who arrived in America in 1844 [6]
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Benson Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • August Hjalmor Benson, who landed in Wisconsin in 1920 [6]

Benson migration to Canada

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Benson Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Edward Benson, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1749
  • Thomas Benson, who settled in Carbonear, Newfoundland, in 1770 [7]
  • Mr. Matthew Benson U.E. who settled in Canada c. 1783 [8]
  • Mr. Albert Benson U.E. who settled in Adolphus Town [Adolphustown], Ontario c. 1783 [8]
  • Mr. Cornelius Benson U.E. who settled in Fredericksburgh, Cataraqui township, [Greater Napanee], Ontario c. 1783 [8]
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Benson Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Joseph Benson, who was on record in Harbour Grace, Newfoundland in 1809 [7]
  • Isaac Benson, who was in St. John's, Newfoundland in 1810 [7]
  • Francis Benson, aged 5, who arrived in Canada in 1823
  • John Benson, aged 32, who landed in Canada in 1823
  • John, Benson Jr., aged 1, who landed in Canada in 1823
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Benson migration to Australia

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Benson Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Hugh Benson, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Hooghly" in 1848 [9]
  • Hannah Benson, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Susannah" in 1849 [10]
  • William Benson, aged 21, a labourer, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Sultana" in 1850 [11]
  • Harriet Benson, aged 21, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Sultana" in 1850 [11]
  • William Benson, aged 21, a labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1850 aboard the ship "Sultana" [11]
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Benson migration to New Zealand

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Benson Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • B J Benson, who landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840 aboard the ship Catherine Stuart Forbes
  • George Benson, who landed in Auckland, New Zealand in 1841
  • Barker Joseph Benson, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Catherine Stewart Forbes" in 1841
  • William Benson, aged 18, a labourer, who arrived in Port Nicholson aboard the ship "Gertrude" in 1841
  • C. Benson, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Ashburton" in 1857
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Contemporary Notables of the name Benson (post 1700)

  • George "Sax" Benson (1929-2019), American jazz alto and tenor saxophonist, session musician and educator from Detroit
  • Thomas Milton "Tom" Benson (1927-2018), American businessman, philanthropist and sports franchise owner of the New Orleans Saints (1985-2018) and New Orleans Pelicans (2012-2018)
  • Irving Benson (1914-2016), American vaudeville actor and comedian, a frequent guest on the Johnny Carson-hosted Tonight Show
  • Edwin Benson (1931-2016), American educator, the last native speaker of the Mandan language
  • D Frank Benson (1928-1996), Professor Emeritus of Neurology at University of California at Los Angeles
  • Ezra Taft Benson (1899-1994), United States Secretary of Agriculture, and President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
  • Stella Benson (1892-1933), English-born, American novelist
  • Admiral William Shepherd Benson (1855-1932), American naval officer and the first Chief of Naval Operations (CNO), holding the post throughout World War I
  • Frank Weston Benson (1862-1951), American Impressionist artist, and a member of the Ten American Painters
  • Renaldo "Obie" Benson (1936-2005), American soul singer best known as the bass of Motown group the Four Tops
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Historic Events for the Benson family

Arrow Air Flight 1285
  • Mr. Wyatt David Benson (b. 1966), American Specialist 4th Class from Forsyth, Georgia, USA who died in the crash [12]
HMS Prince of Wales
  • Mr. James Alan Benson, British Marine, who sailed into battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking [13]
HMS Repulse
  • Mr. Clifford Benson, British Able Bodied Seaman, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and died in the sinking [14]
USS Arizona
  • Mr. James Thomas Benson, American Seaman First Class from Alabama, USA working aboard the ship "USS Arizona" when she sunk during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on 7th December 1941, he died in the sinking [15]

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Citations

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  2. ^ Arthur, William , An Etymological Dictionary of Family and Christian Names. London: 1857. Print
  3. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  4. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  5. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  6. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  7. ^ Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0
  8. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  9. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) HOOGHLY 1848. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1848Hooghly.htm
  10. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) SUSANNAH 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849Susannah.htm
  11. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) SULTANA 1850. Retrieved http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1850Sultana.htm
  12. ^ American War Memorials - Flight 1285. (Retrieved 2016, August 24) . Retrieved from http://www.uswarmemorials.org/html/monument_details.php?SiteID=317&MemID=550
  13. ^ HMS Prince of Wales Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listprincecrew.html
  14. ^ HMS Repulse Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listrepulsecrew.html
  15. ^ Pearl Harbour: USS Arizona Casualties List Pearl Harbour December 7, 1941. (Retrieved 2018, July 31st). Retrieved from http://pearl-harbor.com/arizona/casualtylist.html
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