The name Benthume is of Anglo-Saxon
origin and came from when the family lived in the West Riding of the county of Yorkshire
, where the Benthume 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 Benthume family
The surname Benthume 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 Benthume family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Benthume 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 Benthume History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Benthume Spelling Variations
It is only in the last few hundred
years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon
surnames like Benthume are characterized by many spelling variations
. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. The variations of the name Benthume include: Bentham, Bentheim, Benthiem and others.
Early Notables of the Benthume 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 Benthume Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Benthume family to the New World and Oceana
Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Benthume 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..