Last name: Bennett

This interesting surname derives from the medieval given name "Benedict", from the Latin "Benedictus" meaning blessed. This personal name owed its popularity in the Middle Ages chiefly to St. Benedict (circa 480 - 550), who founded the Benedictine order of monks at Monte Cassino, and wrote a monastic rule that formed a model for all subsequent rules. There were many versions of the name throughout Europe, and in England in the 12th Century the Latin form of the name can be found alongside versions derived from the Old French forms "Beneit" and "Benoit", which were popular among the Normans. The surname dates back to the early 13th Century (see below). London Church Records list the christening of Dennys Bennett on June 15th 1567 at St. Mary at Hill, and the christening of Thomas Bennit on December 1st 1583 at St. John's, Hackney. One John Bennett was an early emigrant to the New World; he is recorded as sailing in the "Plaine Joan" from London in May 1635, bound for Virginia. A Coat of Arms granted to a Bennett family is silver, a chevron between three red lions' heads erased. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of William Benet, which was dated 1208, in the "Charter Rolls of Durham", during the reign of King John, known as "Lackland", 1199 - 1216. Surnames became necessary when governments introduced personal taxation. In England this was known as Poll Tax. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.

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Cdy ryan Bennett
My last name Is Bennett and my great grand parents were from ireland

hi, my father is Philip (Phil) Bennett, warrington and his father was James (Jim) Bennett london? i think. not really got any other info at the min.

Anna Bennett
Go Bennett's!!!!!


Dakota Bennett
I am looking up my family history if anybody could help. my family has had a tradition of each first born male as far as I can track back. Most of the family I know is from here in America. We have met some people from Australia, who could possibly be relatives. Another thing is that, I think my great aunt tracked it a little and we are somehow related to William Penn.

I am doing my family history, and I have lots of Bennetts from Yorkshire, mainly Dewsbury and Ravensthorpe. My 3 x great grandad was John Bennett 1791 who marries Martha Armitage.

Jasmine Bennett
I am A bENNETT...WHO MAY has some maternal ancestry from England.

Clare Bennett
Maybe we are all related haha. I dont know too much about my past as there isn't a family tree thats been made yet on my fathers side. Im going to try soon, but for some reason we haven't had contact with most of that side of the family, I really don't know a great deal, only that I'm related to hairstylist Andrew Collinge somewhere along the line

wow that is so interesting

i didnt know my first name had ome much history

I knew we came from England. This is interesting

kimberly bennett
aww im a bennett but all my bennett family is welsh and and live in wales uk not yet meet them as thats my fathers side paul bennett but he past and ive never got to meet them

Charlotte Bennett

Not sure I would call myself blessed haha.

Roger Bennett

The report hints at the Normans. I believe our family name came with the Norman invasion. There do appear to be any variation of our name in England prior to 1066.

Thomas Bennett

Not all Bennetts are created equal, apparently.

christian bennett

my family actually goes way back to Africa where my gggg grandfather lived also my great grandfather came from Barbados and i'm from Trinidad in the Carribean

Karen lorraine Bennett

Not all Bennetts are created equal, apparently... I agree...

Lynnett Bennett
I'm a Bennett from South Africa.

Joel Bennett. NH
Looking for solid links from Charles Dennis Bennett backward. Haven't found anything conclusive further back. The homestead was in Yellow Bud Ross County Ohio. Thanks folks.

Ashley Jon Bennett
We live in South Wales, UK. There are few of my 'Bennett' side of the family remaining so if any one out there has connections to the south east it would be great to find out if we're related! "Hia" to all the other Bennett's out there.

Paula Raga Benet
Here's a Benet from Spain, our family descends from the french branch! Hello all Benets and Bennets from all around the world!

Daniel Bennett
Hi all Bennett here from Birmingham,West Midlands,England. Son of Lyndon Bennett who is son of another Lyndon Bennett

Linda Bennett
Hi all Bennetts.... I'm from California, USA... Don't know my history but interested in all the Bennetts!

I'm _ _ _ _ Bennett!

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