Bentheim History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
The ancient history of the Bentheim name begins with the ancient Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. The name is derived from when the family resided in the West Riding of the county of Yorkshire, where the Bentheim 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 Bentheim family
The surname Bentheim 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.
Early History of the Bentheim family
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Bentheim Spelling Variations
Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. Changes in Anglo-Saxon names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Bentheim include Bentham, Bentheim, Benthiem and others.
Early Notables of the Bentheim 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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Bentheim migration to the United States +
Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Bentheim or a variant listed above:
Bentheim Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Mary Bentheim, who settled in Edenton in North Carolina in 1820
- C. Bentheim, age 42, who settled in Edenton, North Carolina in 1820
- G. Bentheim, age 42, who arrived in New Orleans, La. in 1820
- G. Bentheim, who arrived in New Orleans in 1820
- C. Bentheim, who settled in Texas in 1860
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- ^ 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)