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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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

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.

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

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

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 :)

Trevor Eldon

Is Bendon a jewish sir name

Trevor Eldon

Bendon was my .mother's maiden name

Jake bensen
My great great grandfather came from Norway but don't know much about him or how it is bensen instead of benson

Hi my name was forcefully given to my family by the slave masters that stole raped and beat us savagely.

Robert W. Benson
I'm searching for information related to my Great Grandfather Joseph Henry Benson, DOB: Around 1846, in Virginia. He may have lived in Baltimore, MD.

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