Benthem is a name of ancient Anglo-Saxon
origin and comes from a family once having lived in the West Riding of the county of Yorkshire
, where the Benthem 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 Benthem family
The surname Benthem 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 Benthem family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Benthem 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 Benthem History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Benthem Spelling Variations
The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore, spelling variations
are common among early Anglo-Saxon
names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Benthem has been recorded under many different variations, including Bentham, Bentheim, Benthiem and others.
Early Notables of the Benthem 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 Benthem Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Benthem family to the New World and Oceana
For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England
made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Benthem or a variant listed above: 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..