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Early Origins of the Bentinck family

The surname Bentinck was first found in Holland, where the name became noted for its many branches in the region, each house acquiring a status and influence which was envied by the princes of the region. The name was first recorded in Overyssel, a province of Holland bordering Drenthe, Gelderland and Zutphen. The capital is Zwolle although Enschede is the largest town. Other towns to the south include Deventer, Hengelo, Kampen (noted for its fine town hall) and Almelo.

The ancient family were the Counts Aldenburg Bentinck since 1732 but were a noble medieval family. In their later history the surname became a power unto themselves and were elevated to the ranks of nobility as they grew into this most influential family.

Early History of the Bentinck family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bentinck research. Another 102 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1688, 1649, 1709, 1649 and 1670 are included under the topic Early Bentinck History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Bentinck Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Bentinck, Bentick, Bentik, Bentink and others.

Early Notables of the Bentinck family (pre 1700)

From this era of Dutch history, those of this who distinguished themselves included Sir William Cavendish-Bentinck, 6th Duke of Portland, Marquis of Titchfield, Earl of Portland, Viscount Woodstock and Baron Cirencester and Bolsover, Knight of St. John of Jerusalem. William Bentinck first Earl of Portland (1649-1709), is generally stated to have been born in 1649, but the Dutch historian, Groen van Prinsterer, dates his birth four years earlier. "He was of a noble family, the son of Henry Bentinck, of Diepenheim, in Overyssel, and the nephew of a general officer in the...
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United States Bentinck migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Bentinck Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • T. Bentinck, who arrived in Boston in 1823

Contemporary Notables of the name Bentinck (post 1700) +

  • Mr. Timothy Charles Robert Noel Bentinck M.B.E. (b. 1953), British 12th Earl of Portland, Count Bentinck, Actor and Writer, was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire on 8th June 2018, for services to Drama [1]
  • Sir Henry John William Bentinck (1796-1878), British general, youngest son of Major-general John Charles Bentinck
  • John Albert Bentinck (1737-1775), British captain in the British Royal Navy, eponym of the HMS Bentinck, a Buckley class Captains class frigate
  • Lord William Cavendish- Bentinck (1774-1839), English statesman, Governor-General of India from 1828 to 1835
  • William Henry Cavendish Bentinck, 3rd Duke of Portland, British politician, Prime Minister of England
  • Timothy Charles Robert Noel "Tim" Bentinck (b. 1953), 12th Earl of Portland, 8th Count Bentinck und Waldeck Limpurg, Australian-born, English actor, known for his long-running role as David Archer in the BBC Radio 4 series, The Archers
  • Lord George Bentinck (1802-1848), English politician and racehorse owner
  • Lord William George Frederick Cavendish Bentinck, English politician and racehorse owner
  • Duke William Cavendish Bentinck (1738-1809), English statesman
  • Earl William Bentinck (1649-1709), English soldier and courtier

The Bentinck Motto +

The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Craignez honte
Motto Translation: Fear shame.

  1. "Birthday and New Year Honours Lists (1940 to 2019)." Issue 62507, 28 December 2018 | London Gazette, The Gazette, Dec. 2018, on Facebook