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Where did the English Bingham family come from? What is the English Bingham family crest and coat of arms? When did the Bingham family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Bingham family history?

The name Bingham has a long Anglo-Saxon heritage. The name comes from when a 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.


Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Bingham have been found, including Bingham, Binham, Bingam, Binghame and others.

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. [1] Bingham was a wapentake (hundred) in the central bottom portion of Nottinghamshire.


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, 1723, 1573, 1658, 1607, 1639, 1625, 1682, 1662, 1654, 1714, 1692, 1714 and 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.


Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America bore the name Bingham, or a variant listed above:

Bingham Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • William Bingham settled in Barbados in 1635
  • John Bingham settled in Virginia in 1653
  • Thomas Bingham who settled in Boston Massachusetts in 1673

Bingham Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Ms. Elisha Bingham U.E who settled in Canada c. 1783

Bingham Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • John Bingham, aged 24, a labourer, arrived in Saint John, NB aboard the ship "Independence" in 1832

Bingham Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Ellen Bingham, English convict from Worcester, who was transported aboard the "Amphitrite" on August 21, 1833, settling in New South Wales, Australia
  • Charles William Bingham, aged 25, English Convict from London, who was transported aboard the "Aboukir" on December 24, 1851, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia

Bingham Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • William J. Bingham, aged 25, a farm labourer, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Waikato" in 1874
  • Emma Bingham, aged 28, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Waikato" in 1874
  • Frederick J. Bingham, aged 4, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Waikato" in 1874
  • William J. Bingham, aged 2, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Waikato" in 1874
  • Louisa A. Bingham, aged 4 months, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Waikato" in 1874


  • Hiram Bingham, American Congregationalist missionary in Hawaii
  • George Caleb Bingham (1811-1879), American painter and frontier politician
  • Seth Bingham (1882-1972), American organist, composer and professor at Columbia University
  • John Armor Bingham, American lawyer and politician, Congressman from Ohio, and a judge in the trial of the Abraham Lincoln assassination
  • Stuart Bingham (b. 1976), English professional snooker player, current World Snooker Champion (2015)
  • Miss Alice Winifred Bingham (d. 1915), English 2nd Class passenger residing in Toronto, Ontario, Canada returning to England, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking
  • John Michael Ward Bingham (1908-1988), 7th Baron Clanmorris, English spy and crime fiction writer
  • Lord George Charles Bingham (b. 1967), English investment banker, the only son of the 7th Earl of Lucan, missing and presumed dead
  • Mr. Joseph Bingham, British Leading Seaman, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking, was listed as missing and presumed killed during the evacuation of Singapore 1942
  • Mr. Fred Bingham (1876-1914), Canadian Miner from Victoria, Nova Scotia, Canada who worked in the Hillcrest Coal Mine, Alberta, Canada and died in the mine collapse on June 19 1914



  • Descendants of James Bingham of County Down, Northern Ireland by James Barry Bingham.
  • Fathers and Sons, the Bingham Family and the American Mission by Char Miller.

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.


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  1. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)

Other References

  1. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  2. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin . Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
  3. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
  4. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
  5. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
  6. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
  7. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
  8. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
  9. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
  10. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  11. ...

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.

This page was last modified on 6 May 2015 at 15:54.

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