The surname ‘Benedict’ is of English origin. It is a variant of the name ‘Bennett’, derived from the mediaeval given name ‘Benedict’, (from the Latin word ”Benedictus’, meaning ‘Blessed). This owed it’s popularity in the Middle Ages chiefly due to St Benedict (c.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. No doubt the meaning of the Latin word also contributed to its popularity as a given name, especially in Romance countries. In the twelfth century the Latin from of the name is found in England alongside versions derived from the Old Flemish forms ‘Beneit’, ‘Benoit’, which were common among the Norman’s. Public and Civil registry archive’s confirm that the surname ‘Benedict’ and or it’s variant’s, date as far back as the thirteenth century were a ‘Reginald fil Benedicti’, from the county of Huntingdonshire, England, is recorded on the Hundred Rolls in 1273. The exact period of settlement in North America has not been definitely determined but data extracted from Historical…
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