Last name: Benson

This ancient surname is of Anglo-Saxon origin, and has two possible sources. Firstly, it is a patronymic from the medieval given name "Benne", which is in part a short form of Benedict, which in turn is from the Latin "Benedictus", meaning blessed, and in part a form of the Old Norse personal name "Bjorn", meaning "bearcub, warrior". The personal name owed its popularity 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. Secondly, it is locational from Benson in Oxfordshire, so called from the Olde English pre 7th Century "Benesingtun", "settlement associated with Banesa", from a personal name of obscure origin, perhaps a derivative of "Bana", slayer, and the Olde English "tun", settlement.Over ten Coats of Arms were granted to Benson families; the oldest is silver on a black chevron three crossed formee gold, the Crest being the sun surrounded by a rainbow, each end issuing out of the clouds all proper. One Henery Benson was one of the earliest namebearers to settle in the American colonies; he is listed in a "Muster of the Inhabitants in Virginia" in 1624, having arrived on the "Francis Bonaventure" in August 1620. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of John Benneson, which was dated 1326, in the "Court Rolls of the Manor of Wakefield", Yorkshire, during the reign of King Edward 11, known as "Edward of Caernafon", 1307 - 1327. 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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Trevor Eldon

Bendon was my .mother's maiden name

Trevor Eldon

I need to know if I am part Jewish

Trevor Eldon

Is Bendon a jewish sir name

Amy Benson

Hi my Name is Amy Benson , i know nothing of my fathers side of the family (where i get this name) MY father is John William Benson and his brother Joseph Benson, they grew up in hackney in the 60's and 70's this is all i know would love to find out more going further back in time :)

my surname is Benson and My family originated from oxford, this could be liked to me

Benson is my maiden name, my G-Grandfather came from Norway but not sure what town. definately on the coast he talked about coming from a family of fishermen. any info would be awesome

Jordan benson

My last name is Benson. My family is from Norway as well!

Hi, My maiden name was Benson. My part of the family came from Scotland originally, then moved to the Wakefield Yorkshire area, finally moving to the Cheadle Hulme and Old Trafford areas of Manchester. My great grandfather, Robert had a timber yard and by all accounts was quite a colourful character. My Grandfather also called Robert was the oldest child, he married my grandmother Charlotte Harrison, one of their sons, Victor was my father. During the second world war their home was bombed so they moved to Blackpool, Lancashire, where several cousins and distant relatives still live.

Roua Coertzen (Benson)
I am Roua A Coertzen but my maiden name was Benson. I am from South Africa and need any info on a John William Benson who came to South Africa I believe it was 1861 not realy sure. Any other info will help as well thanks in advance

Am a Nigerian located in the African continent of the world. Am very grateful to those who compiled this information

Matt Benson
Hello, I live in Victoria, Australia, anyone around?

Brian benson

Gday brian benson

Tracey Benson

Hi there, I am from Brisbane descended from Anton Benson, who came from Drammen in Norway

Kev Benson
Hi looking for Bensons in Bolton Lancashire area..?

Hi - Benson in Wigan here!

Kev Benson
Nicola , have you done your family tree, Im looking for the relatives of Royce Chadwick Benson born c 1916, his dad William H Benson and Mum Sarah Chadwick... cheers, email;

Alison benson
Hi I'm looking for bensons in New York because when I was little there was a benson farm but I don't know where that is now so if anyone knows thanks

Carol A. Benson
Hi, the text refers to 10 coat of arms having been granted to Benson families. Can someone advise me where I can find them all?

tyler Benson
i am tyler benson

Leesa Benson
My grandfather's father William Benson came from Ireland but that's the earliest Benson I know of in my family. We are now living in Hampshire. Leesa

Laura P.
My great-great grandmother was Jane Benson born in 1836 in Johnstown area of Pennsylvania. She had 2 brothers Thomas Benson and Henry Benson.She married John Seeley after he returned from the Civil War.They had 5 children,including my great grandmother.We are trying to find our Benson family line we don't have alot of info and maybe there is a Benson out there that can help. Thank You Laura P.

Douglas Benson
I've done extensive research on our Benson line in Canada. We came from the Salisbury, Wiltshire Benson family that came to Newfoundland in 1760 and spread across Canada thereafter. We also have connections to Australia through the Bradbury family there. Please feel free to contact me through my Benson family web page or face book through the following links.