Benway History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The roots of the Benway surname reach back to the language of the Viking settlers who populated the rugged shores of Scotland in the Medieval era. The Benway surname comes from someone having lived at Bennie, near the village of Braco in the parish of Logi-Almond in Perthshire.

Early Origins of the Benway family

The surname Benway was first found in Cumberland, and Westmorland, where they held a family seat from ancient times, long before the Norman Conquest in 1066 A.D.

Early History of the Benway family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Benway research. Another 69 words (5 lines of text) covering the years 1200 and 1607 are included under the topic Early Benway History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Benway Spelling Variations

Few standards of spelling and translation existed in the Middle Ages. spelling variations, are thus, an extremely common occurrence in records of ancient Scottish names. Over the years, Benway has been spelled Benny, Beny, Bennie, Bennee, Benne, Beney, Benney and others.

Early Notables of the Benway family (pre 1700)

More information is included under the topic Early Benway Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Benway migration to the United States +

Land and opportunity greeted all those who made it across the Atlantic. These settlers and their children went on to play important roles in the forging of the great nations of the United States and Canada. Clan societies and other Scottish organizations have preserved much of this heritage for the ancestors of those brave Scots. Immigration and passenger lists have documented the arrival of various people bearing the name Benway to North America:

Benway Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Addie Benway, aged 66, who immigrated to the United States, in 1913
  • Mabel Benway, aged 26, who immigrated to the United States, in 1913
  • Edward C. Benway, aged 30, who landed in America, in 1915
  • Thomas Henry Benway, aged 18, who settled in America, in 1918
  • Charles Peter Benway, aged 18, who landed in America, in 1922
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Benway (post 1700) +

  • Robin Benway, American author of young adult novels from Orange County


The Benway 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: Virtute et opera
Motto Translation: By virtue and energy.


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