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The name Bingham arrived in England after the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Bingham family lived at Bingham in the county of Nottinghamshire. The name of that place is derived from the Old Norse word bingr, meaning stall or manger, and the Old English word ham, meaning settlement or village. Another reference claims the family descended from "De Buisli, from Buisli or Builly, near NeŻchatel, Normandy (often supposed to be of Saxon origin.)"  The same reference claims "Roger de Busliaco held 149 lordships in barony 1086, chiefly in York [Yorkshire] and Notts [Nottinghamshire], which were entitled the Honour of Tickhill. He also held Sutton, Somerset, from Roger de Arundel. One of his lordships was Bingham, Notts, and estate of great value and importance."  Whichever origin the reader chooses, there is no doubt that Norfolk was the stronghold of the family since ancient times.
The surname Bingham was first found in Nottinghamshire at Bingham, a market town in the Rushcliffe borough that has existed since at least the Domesday Book where it was listed as Bingheham  which probably meant "homestead of the family or followers of a man called Bynna" from the Old English personal name + ham.  "This place was possessed previously to the Conquest by two Saxon chieftains, and appears to have been anciently more extensive than at present: it had a college, or guild, in honour of St. Mary. " 
A multitude of spelling variations characterize Norman surnames. Many variations occurred because Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England also had a pronounced effect, as did the court languages of Latin and French. Therefore, one person was often referred to by several different spellings in a single lifetime. The various spellings include Bingham, Binham, Bingam, Binghame and others.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bingham research. Another 175 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1090, 1246, 1300, 1915, 1615, 1673, 1645, 1659, 1668 and 1723 are included under the topic Early Bingham History in all our PDF Extended History products.
Another 83 words (6 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Bingham Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the Bingham family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 283 words (20 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.
Many English families left England, to avoid the chaos of their homeland and migrated to the many British colonies abroad. Although the conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and some travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute, once in the colonies, many of the families prospered and made valuable contributions to the cultures of what would become the United States and Canada. Research into the origins of individual families in North America has revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Bingham or a variant listed above:
Bingham Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
Bingham Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
Bingham Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
Bingham Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
Bingham Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
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: Spes mea Christus
Motto Translation: Christ is my hope.
The Bingham Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Bingham 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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