Bensteed is a name that first reached England
following the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The Bensteed family lived in Hampshire
at Binstead, which dates back to the Domesday Book
of 1086 when it was listed as Benestede. CITATION[CLOSE]
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
Alternatively, the name could have originated on the Isle of Wight at Binstead which was also listed Benestede in the Domesday Book
. In both occurrences, the place name means "place where beans are grown," from the Old English words "bean" + "stede." CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
Early Origins of the Bensteed family
The surname Bensteed was first found in East Hampshire
at Binsted, today a village and large civil parish or on the Isle of Wight at the village of Binstead. Of the two, Binsted in Hampshire
is generally thought to have been the most likely origin of the surname. Conjecturally, they were descended from Hugh le Port, a Norman noble, who held the lands of Binstead from the Monks of the Bishop of Winchester at the time of the taking of the Domesday Book
. They were also related to the Binsteads of Sussex
, from the place of that name. Early census records revealed: John de Benstede and Maud de Bensted listed in Norfolk; and William de Benstede in Kent
during the reign of Edward III. 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)
Early History of the Bensteed family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bensteed research.Another 169 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1333, 1937, 1297, 1308, 1305, 1306 and 1320 are included under the topic Early Bensteed History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Bensteed Spelling Variations
It is only in the last few hundred
years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, Anglo-Norman surnames like Bensteed are characterized by many spelling variations
. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages such as Norman French and Latin, even literate people regularly changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Bensteed include Bensted, Benstead, Binstead, Benestede, Bense, Benstede and many more.
Early Notables of the Bensteed family (pre 1700)
Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Sir John de Benstede, a prominent member of the English royal household, Prebendary of Sandiacre (1297-1308?) King's Secretary and Keeper of the... Another 29 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Bensteed Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Bensteed family to the New World and Oceana
Faced with the chaos present in England
at that time, many English families looked towards the open frontiers of the New World with its opportunities to escape oppression and starvation. People migrated to North America, as well as Australia
in droves, paying exorbitant rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, but those who did see the shores of North America were welcomed with great opportunity. Many of the families that came from England
went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America carried the name Bensteed, or a variant listed above: Matthew Benstead who settled in Virginia in 1650; Jo Benstedd settled in Barbados in 1635; Thomas Binstead settled in Virginia in 1730; John Binsteed settled in Virginia in 1642.