In the Scottish/English Borderlands, the Strathclyde Britons
were the first to use the name MacBennet. It is derived from the ancient Latin given name Benedictus,
which means blessed.
Early Origins of the MacBennet family
The surname MacBennet was first found in Perthshire
where "Benedictus, son of Walter de Sancto Edmundo, witnessed a charter of sale of land in Perth, 1219. Benedict the dean (decanus) witnessed the gift of the mill of Wystoun to the Hospital of Soltre in 1249. The fame of Saint Benedict (480-543) the patriarch of the Western monks made the name popular. " CITATION[CLOSE]
Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)
Early History of the MacBennet family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our MacBennet research.Another 235 words (17 lines of text) covering the years 1066, 1200, 1300, 1300, 1249, 1402, 1459, 1563, 1588, 1527, 1594, 1603, 1604, 1652, 1743, 1822, 1793, 1883, 1797, 1836, 1795, 1872, 1250 and are included under the topic Early MacBennet History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
MacBennet Spelling Variations
Scribes in Medieval Scotland
spelled names by sound rather than any set of rules, so an enormous number of spelling variations
exist in names of that era. MacBennet has been spelled Bennett, Bennet, Benett, Benet and others.
Early Notables of the MacBennet family (pre 1700)
Notable amongst the family at this time was Sir Thomas Bennett, Sheriff of London in 1594, and Lord Mayor (1603-1604); when he was knighted, he purchased the manor of Beachampton in Berkshire; W. Benett, who was the Mayor of Chester in... Another 41 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early MacBennet Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the MacBennet family to Ireland
Some of the MacBennet family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 125 words (9 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the MacBennet family to the New World and Oceana
The number of Strathclyde Clan
families sailing for North America increased steadily as the persecution continued. In the colonies, they could find not only freedom from the iron hand of the English government, but land to settle on. The American War of Independence
allowed many of these settlers to prove their independence, while some chose to go to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. Scots played essential roles in the forging of both great nations. Among them: Samuel Bennett who settled in Lynn, Massachusetts in 1635; Richard Bennett in Salem, Mass, 1636; David Bennett of Rowley, Massachusetts a Physician, and many more. In Newfoundland, William Bennet settled in St. John's in 1675.