The present generation of the Binchy family is only the most recent to bear a name that dates back to the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture of Britain. Their name comes from having lived by an open manger or stall. It derived from the Old English name Binningas,
which was a name for someone who lived near stables.
Early Origins of the Binchy family
The surname Binchy was first found in Middlesex, where they held a family seat
from ancient times, long before the Norman Conquest
Early History of the Binchy family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Binchy research.Another 189 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1739, 1574, 1652, 1654, 1712 and 1752 are included under the topic Early Binchy History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Binchy Spelling Variations
Until the dictionary, an invention of only the last few hundred
years, the English language lacked any comprehensive system of spelling rules. Consequently, spelling variations
in names are frequently found in early Anglo-Saxon
and later Anglo-Norman documents. One person's name was often spelled several different ways over a lifetime. The recorded variations of Binchy include Bing, Binge, Binley, Binckes, Bink, Byng, Bincks and others.
Early Notables of the Binchy family (pre 1700)
Notables of the family at this time include Doctor Andrew Bing (1574-1652), English scholar, a fellow of Peterhouse, who was Regius Professor of Hebrew
at Cambridge, and was part of the "First Cambridge Company" charged by James I of England
with translating... Another 41 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Binchy Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Binchy family to Ireland
Some of the Binchy family moved to Ireland
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Migration of the Binchy family to the New World and Oceana
Thousands of English families boarded ships sailing to the New World in the hope of escaping the unrest found in England
at this time. Although the search for opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad took the lives of many because of the cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels, the opportunity perceived in the growing colonies of North America beckoned. Many of the settlers who survived the journey went on to make important contributions to the transplanted cultures of their adopted countries. The Binchy were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records: James Binckes who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1860; Brian Bincks settled in New England
in 1620; Charles Bincks settled in New England
Contemporary Notables of the name Binchy (post 1700)
- William Binchy, Irish Regius Professor of Laws at Trinity College, Dublin Law School
- Daniel Anthony "D.A." Binchy (1899-1989), Irish scholar of Irish linguistics and early Irish law
- Maeve Binchy Snell (1940-2012), Irish novelist, newspaper columnist and speaker who won numerous awards including British Book Award for Lifetime Achievement (1999) and the Irish Book Award for Lifetime Achievement (2010)
The Binchy 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 Translation: I will defend.