Benthane History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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The name Benthane is an old Anglo-Saxon name. It comes from when a family lived in the West Riding of the county of Yorkshire, where the Benthane 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, and ham, meaning settlement. 
Early Origins of the Benthane family
The surname Benthane 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. "  Bentham was listed in the Domesday Book of 1086 as Benetain.  Today, Bentham is a civil parish in the Craven district of North Yorkshire and comprises Upper Bentham and Lower Bentham.
Important Dates for the Benthane family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Benthane research. Another 102 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1379, 1576, 1513, 1578, 1560, 1579, 1594, 1671, 1671, 1593, 1594, 1681, 1733 and 1700 are included under the topic Early Benthane History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Benthane Spelling Variations
Before the last few hundred years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Benthane were recorded, including Bentham, Bentheim, Benthiem and others.
Early Notables of the Benthane 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, Bishop of Coventry and Lichfield (1560-1579.)
Joseph Bentham (1594-1671), the English...
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Migration of the Benthane family
To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Benthane family emigrate to North America: Matthew Bentham who settled in Barbados in 1679; James Bentham and family settled in South Carolina in 1820; Mary Bentheim settled in Edenton in North Carolina in 1820..
- ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
- ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
- ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)