Bentitch History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
The ancestry of the name Bentitch dates from the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. It comes from when the family lived at either Bendish in Hertfordshire, or Bendish Hall, which was located in Radwinter in the county of Essex.
Early Origins of the Bentitch family
The surname Bentitch was first found in Essex where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.
Early History of the Bentitch family
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Bentitch 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 Bentitch have been found, including Bendish, Bendidge, Benditch, Bendige and others.
Early Notables of the Bentitch family (pre 1700)
Notables of this surname at this time include: Sir Thomas Bendish, 1st Baronet of Steeple Bumpstead in the county of Essex; and Sir Thomas Bendish, 2nd Baronet (c.1607-1674), of Topesfield Hall who served as the English ambassador to the Ottoman sultanate.
Bridget Bendish (1650-1726), was Oliver Cromwell's granddaughter, daughter of General Henry Ireton, by his wife...
Migration of the Bentitch 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 Bentitch, or a variant listed above: Edward Bendige who settled in Virginia in 1623; Thomas Bendish settled in Barbados in 1679.
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: Utraque pallade
Motto Translation: With either Pallas.