Bentbough is an Anglo-Saxon
name. The name was originally given to a person employed as an archer which is derived from the Old English words bend,
which means to bend,
which means bow.
Early Origins of the Bentbough family
The surname Bentbough was first found in Middlesex, where they held a family seat
from the Middle Ages.
Early History of the Bentbough family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bentbough research.Another 191 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1349, 1440, 1545, 1585, 1607, 1623, 1653, 1653, 1702, 1702, 1883, 1681, 1708 and 1729 are included under the topic Early Bentbough History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Bentbough Spelling Variations
One relatively recent invention that did much to standardize English spelling was the printing press. However, before its invention even the most literate people recorded their names according to sound rather than spelling. The spelling variations
under which the name Bentbough has appeared include Benbow, Bendbow, Benbowe, Bendbowe, Benbough, Bendebowe and many more.
Early Notables of the Bentbough family (pre 1700)
Distinguished members of the family include Rear-Admiral John Benbow (1653-1702), whose most famous exploit took place in August 1702 when he kept up a running fight for four days with a French squadron off St Marta in the West Indies after being deserted by most of his fleet, eponym of three... Another 117 words (8 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Bentbough Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Bentbough family to the New World and Oceana
At this time, the shores of the New World beckoned many English families that felt that the social climate in England
was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. Thousands left England
at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. A great portion of these settlers never survived the journey and even a greater number arrived sick, starving, and without a penny. The survivors, however, were often greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. These English settlers made significant contributions to those colonies that would eventually become the United States and Canada. An examination of early immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name Bentbough arrived in North America very early: Ann Benbow who sailed to Virginia in 1652.