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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 in Oxfordshire (Bennesingtun in Old English). [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
[2]CITATION[CLOSE]
Arthur, William , An Etymological Dictionary of Family and Christian Names. London: 1857. Print


Benson Early Origins



The surname Benson was first found in Oxfordshire, where a Peter de Bensinton was recorded in the Curia Regis Rolls for 1208. [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
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.

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Benson Spelling Variations


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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.

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Benson Early History


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Benson Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Benson research. Another 137 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1326, 1200, 1332, 1393, 1667, 1640, 1676, 1731, 1711, 1713, 1829, 1896, 1883 and are included under the topic Early Benson History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Benson Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Benson Early Notables (pre 1700)



Distinguished members of the family include John Benson (died 1667), a London publisher, best remembered for an important publication of the Sonnets and miscellaneous poems of William Shakespeare...

Another 28 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Benson Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Benson In Ireland


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Benson In Ireland



Some of the Benson family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 233 words (17 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included 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 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
  • Dirck Benson, who landed in New Netherland(s) in 1620
  • Henry Benson, who arrived in Virginia in 1623
  • Win Benson, aged 28, arrived in Barbados in 1634
  • William Benson, aged 28, landed in Barbados in 1634
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Benson Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Amy Benson, who came to Virginia in 1714
  • Amy Benson, who arrived in Virginia in 1714
  • Mary Benson, who arrived in Boston, Massachusetts in 1744
  • Thomas Benson, who landed in America in 1794
  • Jacob Benson, aged 14, landed in Salem, Massachusetts in 1799

Benson Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Paul Benson, aged 25, arrived in New York in 1812
  • Berkett Benson, who landed in New York in 1836
  • George K Benson, aged 33, landed in Buffalo, NY in 1840
  • Michael Benson, aged 25, arrived in Missouri in 1840
  • Heinr Benson, who arrived in America in 1844
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Benson Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • August Hjalmor Benson, who landed in Wisconsin in 1920

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 [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0
  • Mr. Matthew Benson U.E. who settled in Canada c. 1783 [5]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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
  • Mr. Albert Benson U.E. who settled in Adolphus Town [Adolphustown], Ontario c. 1783 [5]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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
  • Mr. Cornelius Benson U.E. who settled in Fredericksburgh, Cataraqui township, [Greater Napanee], Ontario c. 1783 [5]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Benson Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Joseph Benson, who was on record in Harbour Grace, Newfoundland in 1809 [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0
  • Isaac Benson, who was in St. John's, Newfoundland in 1810 [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0
  • Francis Benson, aged 5, arrived in Canada in 1823
  • John Benson, aged 32, landed in Canada in 1823
  • John, Benson Jr., aged 1, landed in Canada in 1823
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Benson Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Hugh Benson arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Hooghly" in 1848
  • Hannah Benson arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Susannah" in 1849
  • William Benson, aged 21, a labourer, arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Sultana" in 1850
  • Harriet Benson, aged 21, arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Sultana" in 1850
  • William Benson, aged 21, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1850 aboard the ship "Sultana"
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Benson Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • B J Benson landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840 aboard the ship Catherine Stuart Forbes
  • George Benson landed in Auckland, New Zealand in 1841
  • Barker Joseph Benson arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Catherine Stewart Forbes" in 1841
  • William Benson, aged 18, a labourer, arrived in Port Nicholson aboard the ship "Gertrude" in 1841
  • C. Benson arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Ashburton" in 1857
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Benson (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Benson (post 1700)



  • Irving Benson (1914-2016), American vaudeville actor and comedian, a frequent guest on the Johnny Carson-hosted Tonight Show
  • 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
  • Kris Benson (b. 1974), American baseball player
  • Sir Clarence Benson (1897-1980), English-born, Australian Methodist clergyman and journalist
  • Edward White Benson (1829-1896), English Archbishop of Canterbury
  • ... (Another 6 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Benson Historic Events


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Benson Historic Events




Arrow Air Flight 1285

  • Mr. Wyatt David Benson (b. 1966), American Specialist 4th Class from Forsyth, Georgia, USA who died in the crash of Arrow Air Flight 1285 on December 12, 1985 in Gander, Newfoundland, Canada

HMS Prince of Wales

  • Mr. James Alan Benson, British Marine, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking

HMS Repulse

  • Mr. Clifford Benson, British Able Bodied Seaman, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and died during the sinking

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Suggested Readings for the name Benson


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Suggested Readings for the name Benson



  • The Benson Family; Descendants of Isaac Benson and Mary Bumpas, and Allied Families by Grace Hildy Croft.
  • Eastmond Benson Genealogy and Biography by T. L. Eastmond.

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Motto


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Motto



The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Si Deus quis contra?
Motto Translation: If God be with us who can be against us?.


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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  2. ^ Arthur, William , An Etymological Dictionary of Family and Christian Names. London: 1857. Print
  3. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  4. ^ Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0
  5. ^ 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

Other References

  1. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
  2. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
  3. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
  4. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  5. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  6. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  7. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
  8. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  9. Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
  10. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
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The Benson Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Benson 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.

This page was last modified on 5 October 2016 at 02:15.

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