The ancient Anglo-Saxon
surname Binkington came from the Latin personal name Benedictus,
which means blessed.
Early Origins of the Binkington family
The surname Binkington was first found in Hertfordshire
at Benington (Bennington), a parish, in the hundred
of Broadwater where Almar de Benintone CITATION[CLOSE]
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
was listed in the Domesday Book
of 1086. Benington and Long Bennington can be found in the Borough of Boston in Lincolnshire
and this is presumably a later branch of the family as Alan de Beninton was listed there in the Assize Rolls of Lincolnshire
in 1218. CITATION[CLOSE]
Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
Both place name literally mean "farmstead associated with a man call Beonna," from the Old English personal name
"-ing" + "tun. CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
branch have by far the most number of entries in the 13th century. The Hundredorum Rolls
of 1273 list Alice de Bennington and Astin de Bennington in Lincolnshire
and the another roll lists Alan de Bennington and Ralph de Bennington at about the same time in the same shire. CITATION[CLOSE]
Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
Early History of the Binkington family
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Binkington Spelling Variations
Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations
were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Binkington family name include Benington, Bennington and others.
Early Notables of the Binkington family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Binkington family to the New World and Oceana
For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland
, the Canadas, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Binkington surname or a spelling variation of the name include: John Benington who settled in Virginia in 1642; Thomas Cornelius Benington settled in North Carolina in 1740; George Bennington settled in Savannah Georgia in 1775.