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The name Beynon is from the rugged landscape of Wales. It is a Celtic name that was derived from the Welsh personal name Enion, which was also spelled Einion and Eignon. The surname Beynon features the distinctive Welsh patronymic prefix ab-. The original form of the name was ab- Enion,but the prefix has been assimilated into the surname over the course of time and the overall spelling has sometimes been extensively altered.

Beynon Early Origins



The surname Beynon was first found in Cheshire, 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.

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Beynon Spelling Variations


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Beynon Spelling Variations



Although there are comparatively few Welsh surnames, they have a great many spelling variations. Variations of Welsh names began almost immediately after their acceptance within Welsh society. In the Middle Ages, it was up to priests and the few other people that recorded names in official documents to decide how to spell the names that they heard. Variations that occurred because of improper recording increased dramatically as the names were later transliterated into English. The Brythonic Celtic language of Wales, known by natives as Cymraeg, featured many highly inflected sounds that could not be properly captured by the English language. Spelling variations were, however, also carried out according to an individual's design: a branch loyalty within the family, a religious adherence, or even patriotic affiliations were all indicated by the particular variation of one's name. The spelling variations of the name Beynon have included Bunyon, Banyen, Benion, Benyan, Benyon, Bunyan, Bunyen, Banion, Banyan, O'Banion, O'Benyon and many more.

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Beynon Early History


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Beynon Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Beynon research. Another 197 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1046, 1628 and 1688 are included under the topic Early Beynon History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Beynon Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Beynon Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 33 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Beynon Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Beynon In Ireland


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Beynon In Ireland



Some of the Beynon family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 55 words (4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Many Welsh joined the great migrations to North America in the late 1800s and early 1900s. Like their Scottish and Irish neighbors, many Welsh families left their homeland hoping to find hope and prosperity in a land that the English did not exercise a tight rule over. Those Welsh immigrants that successfully traveled to North America went on to make significant contributions to the rapid development of both Canada and the United States in terms of the settling of land and the establishment of industry. They also added to the rich cultural heritage of both countries. An examination into the immigration and passenger lists has discovered a number of people bearing the name Beynon:

Beynon Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • David Beynon, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1849
  • Dowen Beynon, aged 27, landed in New York in 1864
  • Jane Beynon, aged 28, arrived in New York in 1864
  • John Beynon, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1872
  • W I Beynon, who arrived in Washington County, Pennsylvania in 1887

Beynon Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • John Morris Beynon arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "The Stratheden" in 1850

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Contemporary Notables of the name Beynon (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Beynon (post 1700)



  • Len Beynon (1912-1992), Welsh professional championship boxer
  • Benjamin "Ben" Beynon (1894-1969), Welsh international rugby union player
  • Sir William John Granville Beynon FRS (1914-1996), Welsh physicist
  • John David Emrys Beynon (b. 1939), Welsh academic, the 17th Principal of King's College London (1990-1992)
  • Sir John Wyndham Beynon CBE (1864-1944), 1st Baronet, a Welsh iron and steel manufacturer and coal owner
  • Claire Beynon (b. 1960), South African-born, New Zealand artist based in Dunedin
  • Bill Beynon (1891-1932), Welsh boxer, winner of the British and Empire bantamweight boxing championship in 1913
  • William Beynon (1888-1958), Canadian hereditary chief from the Tsimshian nation, his father was a Welsh steamer-captain "Captain Billy" Beynon

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Bradsley C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print.
    2. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
    3. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    4. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
    5. Fairbairn,. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
    6. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
    7. Davies, R. R. The Age of Conquest: Wales, 1063-1415. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2000. Print.
    8. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
    9. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    10. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
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    The Beynon Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Beynon Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

    This page was last modified on 24 March 2016 at 07:29.

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