name Bentham comes from when the family resided in the West Riding of the county of Yorkshire
, where the Bentham family settled near the village of Bentham, from which they took their name. The name is composed of the Old English words beonet,
meaning bent grass,
meaning settlement. 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 Bentham family
The surname Bentham was first found in Yorkshire
, where "there is not much reason to doubt that this name is derived from the parish of Bentham, in the West Riding of Yorkshire
. " CITATION[CLOSE]
Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
Bentham was listed in the Domesday Book
of 1086 as Benetain. CITATION[CLOSE]
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
Today, Bentham is a civil parish in the Craven district of North Yorkshire
and comprises Upper Bentham and Lower Bentham.
Early History of the Bentham family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bentham research.Another 203 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1379, 1576, 1513, 1578, 1560, 1579, 1681, 1733 and 1700 are included under the topic Early Bentham History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Bentham Spelling Variations
Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred
years ago, spelling variations
of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, French and other languages became incorporated into English through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Bentham include Bentham, Bentheim, Benthiem and others.
Early Notables of the Bentham family (pre 1700)
Notables of this surname at this time include: Thomas Bentham (1513-1578), English Protestant minister, one of the Marian exiles, who continued secretly ministering to an underground congregation in London... Another 28 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Bentham Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Bentham family to the New World and Oceana
A great wave of immigration to the New World was the result of the enormous political and religious disarray that struck England
at that time. Families left for the New World in extremely large numbers. The long journey was the end of many immigrants and many more arrived sick and starving. Still, those who made it were rewarded with an opportunity far greater than they had known at home in England
. These emigrant families went on to make significant contributions to these emerging colonies in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants:
Bentham Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- Matthew Bentham who settled in Barbados in 1679
Bentham Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- James Bentham and family settled in South Carolina in 1820
Bentham Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- Amelia Bentham, aged 24, a domestic servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1853 aboard the ship "Shackamaxon" CITATION[CLOSE]
South Australian Register Thursday 20 January 1853. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) SHACKAMAXON 1853. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/shackamaxon1853.shtml.
- William Bentham, English convict from Lancaster, who was transported aboard the "Adelaide" on April 16, 1855, settling in Western Australia CITATION[CLOSE]
State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 17) Adelaide voyage to Western Australia, Australia in 1855 with 261 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/adelaide/1855
Contemporary Notables of the name Bentham (post 1700)
- Thomas H. Bentham, American Democrat politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Ohio 1st District, 1902, 1906 CITATION[CLOSE]
The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 19) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
- Trevor Bentham (b. 1943), English former stage manager and screenwriter
- Craig Martin Bentham (b. 1985), English football midfielder from Bingley, England
- William "Billy" Bentham, English professional rugby league footballer who played in the 1920s
- James Bentham (1709-1794), English clergyman, antiquarian and historian of Ely Cathedral
- Phil Bentham (b. 1971), English professional rugby league referee
- Jeremy Bentham (1748-1832), English lawyer and philosopher, known as the father of Utilitarianism
- George Bentham CMG FRS (1800-1884), English botanist, known as "the premier systematic botanist of the nineteenth century"
- Lee Bentham (b. 1970), Canadian former racing driver from Richmond Hill, Ontario
- Isaac Bentham (1886-1917), British gold medalist water polo player at the 1912 Summer Olympics
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Historic Events for the Bentham family
- Miss Lillian W. Bentham, aged 19, American Second Class passenger from Rochester, New York who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and survived the sinking escaping on life boat 12 CITATION[CLOSE]
Titanic Passenger List - Titanic Facts. (Retrieved 2016, July 13) . Retrieved from http://www.titanicfacts.net/titanic-passenger-list.html