name Benthown comes from when the family resided in the West Riding of the county of Yorkshire
, where the Benthown 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 Benthown family
The surname Benthown 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 Benthown family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Benthown 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 Benthown History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Benthown 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 Benthown include Bentham, Bentheim, Benthiem and others.
Early Notables of the Benthown 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 Benthown Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Benthown 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: 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..