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The history of the name Benge begins with the Anglo-Saxon
tribes of Britain. It is derived from the German name Beringer. The surname Benge probably arrived in England
shortly after the Norman Conquest
of 1066, when the Normans
imported many laborers from the continent in order to expedite their hold on England.
The surname Benge was first found in Gloucestershire
, where they held a family seat
from ancient times.
The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore, spelling variations are common among early Anglo-Saxon names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Benge has been recorded under many different variations, including Benger, Benyger, Beniger, Beneger, Bengar, Benniger and many more.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Benge research. Another 380 words (27 lines of text) covering the years 1208, 1500, 1553, 1778, and 1827 are included under the topic Early Benge History in all our PDF Extended History products
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For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England
made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Benge or a variant listed above:
Benge Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- William Benge, who arrived in Virginia in 1619
- Will Benge, who landed in Virginia in 1653
Benge Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- John Benge, aged 20, arrived in South Australia in 1849 aboard the ship "Eliza"
- John Benge arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Eliza" in 1849
Benge Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- David Benge landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840
- Nicholas Benge landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840
- David Benge, aged 36, a farm labourer, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Catherine Stewart Forbes" in 1841
- Sarah Benge, aged 34, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Catherine Stewart Forbes" in 1841
- Elizabeth Benge, aged 6, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Catherine Stewart Forbes" in 1841
- John W. Benge, American Democrat politician, Candidate for Michigan State House of Representatives from Hillsdale County, 1940
- Chris Benge, American Republican politician, Member of Oklahoma State House of Representatives 68th District; Elected 2002
- Elden Eugene Benge (b. 1904), American principal trumpet of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra from 1928-1933, founder of the Benge Company who made trumpets (1937-1953)
- Jackson Lee "Jaxon" Benge, American guitarist for American punk rock band, Hed PE
- Chris Benge (b. 1962), American politician, 33rd Oklahoma Secretary of State (2013-), Oklahoma Speaker of the House (2008-2011)
- Raymond Adelphia Benge (1902-1997), American Major League Baseball pitcher who played from 1925 to 1938
- Bob Benge (1762-1794), American frontiersmen known as "Captain Benge" or "The Bench," one of the most feared Cherokee leaders on the frontier during the Chickamauga wars (1783-1794)
- George Frederick "Wilson" Benge (1875-1955), English actor, active from 1922 to 1925, kn own for his roles in several Laurel and Hardy comedies
- Howard Wilson Benge (1913-1986), New Zealand bronze medalist rower at the 1938 British Empire Games
- Harvey Benge, New Zealand photographer
- Innes, Thomas and Learney. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland 1st Edition. Edinburgh: W & A. K. Johnston Limited, 1938. Print.
- Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
- Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
- Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
- Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
- Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
- Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
- Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
- Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
- MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
The Benge Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Benge 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.
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