The name Bentbowe is Anglo-Saxon
in origin. It was a name 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 Bentbowe family
The surname Bentbowe was first found in Middlesex, where they held a family seat
from the Middle Ages.
Early History of the Bentbowe family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bentbowe 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 Bentbowe History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Bentbowe Spelling Variations
Until the dictionary, an invention of only the last few hundred
years, the English language lacked any comprehensive system of spelling rules. Consequently, spelling variations
in names are frequently found in early Anglo-Saxon
and later Anglo-Norman documents. One person's name was often spelled several different ways over a lifetime. The recorded variations of Bentbowe include Benbow, Bendbow, Benbowe, Bendbowe, Benbough, Bendebowe and many more.
Early Notables of the Bentbowe 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 Bentbowe Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Bentbowe family to the New World and Oceana
Thousands of English families boarded ships sailing to the New World in the hope of escaping the unrest found in England
at this time. Although the search for opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad took the lives of many because of the cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels, the opportunity perceived in the growing colonies of North America beckoned. Many of the settlers who survived the journey went on to make important contributions to the transplanted cultures of their adopted countries. The Bentbowe were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records: Ann Benbow who sailed to Virginia in 1652.