Benthoom History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
The ancestry of the name Benthoom dates from the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. It comes from when the family lived in the West Riding of the county of Yorkshire, where the Benthoom 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 Benthoom family
The surname Benthoom 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 Benthoom family
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Benthoom Spelling Variations
Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Benthoom have been found, including Bentham, Bentheim, Benthiem and others.
Early Notables of the Benthoom 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...
Migration of the Benthoom family
Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America bore the name Benthoom, 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..