The surname ‘Benton’ originates from England. It is a habitation name, apparently from a pair of villages in the county of Northumberland, England, so called form the Old English word ‘bean’ meaning ‘beans’ or ‘beonet’ meaning ‘bent grass’ and ‘tun’ meaning enclosure, settlement. The name is now most frequent in the West Midlands, England. Compiled information from Historical and Private archive’s has confirmed that the surname ‘Bent’ and or it’s variant’s, dates as far back as the 17th century were a ‘Nicholas Bent’, from Leicester, England, is recorded at the University of Oxfordshire in 1607.Historical archive’s have been unable to definitely determine the exact period of settlement in North America but It is believed that the forefather’s of this surname were part of the exodus of migrants that followed the Treaty of Peace signed in Paris in 1763, when great Britain obtained ownership of the whole of North America east of the Missisipi River excepting New Orleans. The chief reasons causing working class people to emigrate were, poor crop yields, high unemployment, and the misconception that America was a land of golden opportu… Coat of arms: Argent, …
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