Binnie History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The earliest origins of the name Binnie are with the Viking settlers of the early Middle Ages; the surname having come from a place named by the Vikings It is a name for someone who lived in the old barony of Binney, in the parish of Uphall, in the county of West Lothian.

Early Origins of the Binnie family

The surname Binnie was first found in the West Lothian, where they held a family seat from very ancient times.

One of the first records of the family was William Bennings ( fl. 1180), an English judge, "was, according to Giraldus Cambrensis, sent to Ireland by Henry II in 1176 as one of four envoys, of whom two were to remain with the viceroy, Richard FitzGilbert, earl of Striguil, and two were to return, bringing with them Reimund Fitzgerald, whose military exploits had aroused the king's jealousy. " [1]

William Benyng or De Binn (fl. 1250), was an early Scottish "biographer, [who] may be presumed to have been a native of Binning in Linlithgowshire. He was proir of the Cistercian abbey of Newbattle until 1243, when he was elected abbot of Cupar. He resigned this office on 29 Sept. 1258, probably on account of old age. The date of his death is unknown. " [1]

Early History of the Binnie family

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Binnie Spelling Variations

Medieval scribes most often spelled names by the way they sounded. spelling variations, are thus, very common in records dating from that time. Over the years, Binnie has been spelled Binney, Binning, Binnie, Benning, Bennyng, Bynnie, Bynny, Bynnyng, Byning, Bynning and many more.

Early Notables of the Binnie family (pre 1700)

Notable amongst the family at this time was Hugh Binning, (1627-1653), Scottish philosopher and regent of the University of Glasgow. He was the son of John Binning of Dalvenan, Ayrshire. His maternal uncle was "one of the youthful martyrs of Scotland - Hugh...
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United States Binnie migration to the United States +

The Scottish settlers spread out along the fertile land of the east coast of what would become the United States and Canada. They and many of their children went on to play important roles in the forging of the great nations of the United States and Canada. That heritage has been recovered by many in this century through Clan societies and other Scottish historical organizations. Archival documents indicate that members of the Binnie family relocated to North American shores quite early:

Binnie Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Mildred Binnie, aged 4, who immigrated to America from Dundee, Scotland, in 1907
  • John F. Binnie, aged 45, who immigrated to the United States from Edinburgh, Scotland, in 1908
  • Janet M. Binnie, aged 25, who settled in America from Edinburgh, Scotland, in 1909
  • Mary Binnie, aged 36, who landed in America from Glasgow, Scotland, in 1910
  • George Binnie, aged 24, who settled in America from Edinburgh, Scotland, in 1910
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada Binnie migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Binnie Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century
  • Edith Binnie, aged 36, who settled in Toronto, Canada, in 1909
  • James Binnie, aged 40, who immigrated to Montreal, Canada, in 1913
  • George Binnie, aged 48, who settled in New Glasgow, Nova Scotia Canada, in 1918
  • A. White Binnie, aged 46, who settled in Canada, in 1923

Australia Binnie migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Binnie Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Isaac Binnie, (b. 1817), aged 38, Cornish mason who immigrated to New South Wales, Australia aboard the ship "Burrell" in 1830 convicted at Darlinghurst Gaol in 1855 [2]

New Zealand Binnie migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Binnie Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Alexander Binnie, British settler referred to as the Parkhurst Boys travelling from London aboard the ship "Mandarin" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 14th November 1843, he had been taught trades and pardoned to live in New Zealand [3]
  • Miss Mary Binnie, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Rajah" arriving in Otago, South Island, New Zealand on 6th October 1853 [4]
  • Mr. John Binnie, (b. 1824), aged 36, British ploughman travelling from London aboard the ship "Gananoque" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 9th May 1860 [3]
  • Mrs. Elizabeth Binnie, (b. 1836), aged 24, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Gananoque" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 9th May 1860 [3]

Contemporary Notables of the name Binnie (post 1700) +

  • Brian Binnie (b. 1953), United States Navy officer and test pilot for the experimental spaceplane SpaceShipOne
  • William Binnie (b. 1885), Scottish architect
  • Paul Binnie (b. 1967), Scottish artist working in the Japanese tradition of woodblock printmaking
  • William James Eames Binnie (1867-1949), British civil engineer
  • William Ian Corneil Binnie (b. 1939), Canadian puisne justice on the Supreme Court of Canada
  • Sir Alexander Binnie (1839-1917), English civil engineer who worked on crossings of the River Thames in London
  • Geoffrey Morse Binnie (1908-1989), English consulting Engineer from the Engineering family that made up Binnie & Partners
  • Alfred Maurice Binnie (b. 1901), English Engineer at Cambridge University
  • Binnie Barnes (1903-1998), English actress

HMS Hood
  • Mr. John E Binnie (b. 1907), English Stoker Petty Officer serving for the Royal Navy from Liverpool, England, who sailed into battle and died in the sinking [5]

The Binnie 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 doloque
Motto Translation: By valour and craft.

  1. ^ Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print
  2. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retreived 3rd May 2018). Retrieved from
  3. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from
  4. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from
  5. ^ H.M.S. Hood Association-Battle Cruiser Hood: Crew Information - H.M.S. Hood Rolls of Honour, Men Lost in the Sinking of H.M.S. Hood, 24th May 1941. (Retrieved 2016, July 15) . Retrieved from on Facebook
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