Benveniste History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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The Italian surname comes from a personal name, which is made up of the Italian words "bene," meaning "well," "ci," or "to us," and "venga," meaning "come." The name may have been taken as a surname purely arbitrarily, or it may have been the personal name of one of the first bearer's relatives, most likely his father.
Early Origins of the Benveniste family
The surname Benveniste was first found in Italy. Instances of the name occur in almost every part of Italy, though specific forms of the name tend to be restricted to one area. For instance, the variation Bencivenga comes from Naples, whereas Bentivegna appears most frequently in Sicily and Bencivenni is rarely seen outside of the province of Emilia. The name Benveniste, like many surnames originated as a personal name. Meaning "well come," or "welcome." The name was given to babies as a way of thanking God for a safe birth and was very popular in the 10th and 11th centuries. The name may have been taken as a surname purely arbitrarily, or it may have been the personal name of one of the first bearer's relatives, most likely his father.
Early History of the Benveniste family
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Benveniste Spelling Variations
Spelling variations of this family name include: Bencivenga, Bencivegna, Bentivenga, Bentivegna, Benvenga, Benvegna, Bencivenni, Bencivenisti, Benevenia, Bontivegna, Bonvegna, Benci, Bencich, Bencic, Bencetti, Bencini, Bencina, Benciani, Vegna, Vegni, Venne and many more.
Early Notables of the Benveniste family (pre 1700)
Prominent among members of the family was Benci di Ancona; Francis Dominic Bencini (1664-1744), Maltese philosopher; and Pietro Paolo Bencini (ca. 1670-1755), Italian Baroque composer. Piero del Pollaiolo (c. 1443 - 1496), also known as Piero Benci, was an Italian Renaissance painter from Florence. Ginevra de' Benci (born c.1458), the 15th-century Florentine aristocrat was...
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Migration of the Benveniste family
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Pasquale Bencivengo, who arrived in New York on board the Orsola, in 1882.
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