Bennett family crest
Colors on the Bennett family crest explained
Argent (silver) - is a symbol of peacefulness and sincerity. Both of which the Bennett's were known for.
Gules (red) - represents martyrdom and historic military strength of the Bennett family when called upon in times of war.
Symbols on the Bennett family crest explainedThe three lions cut at the midpoint - represents ferociousness, bravery and valour, one of the most desirable family crest symbols.
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Origins of the Bennett family name
Bennett is a surname of English origin.
It is thought to be derived from the given name Benedict - derived from the meaning of 'blessed'.
The Middle English version of the word was spelled as 'bennet', meaning "little blessed one".
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Summary of the Bennett family and the Bennett family crest
- The first recorded use of the Bennett surname dates back to the 12th century
- The earliest recorded use of the surname Bennett is in 1208, in the Pipe Rolls of Worcestershire, England.
- The Bennett family name is derived from the medieval given name Benedict.
- The earliest recorded instance of the name Benedict dates back to the 11th century, making it (and the Bennett family name) one of the earliest recorded surnames in England.
- The name Benedict is thought to be of Norman origin, and was introduced to England by the Normans after the Conquest of 1066.
- The Bennett family name is also common in Ireland, where it is thought to have been introduced by English settlers in the Middle Ages.
- The Bennett family name is associated with the county of Devon in England and the city of Bristol.
- The family held estates in Yorkshire and Lancashire, and were also granted lands in Wales by King Henry II.
- The Bennett family supported the Royal House of Lancaster during the Wars of the Roses.
- Sir John Bennett was a knight who all Bennetts can claim as a distant ancestor. He fought at the Battle of Bosworth in 1485, and was killed in battle.
- Bennett is a relatively common surname in the English-speaking world. Variants of the name include Bennetts, Bennetto and Bennet
- The first recorded use of the Bennett surname in America was in 1623.
- The family name was brought to America when Richard Bennett arrived in Plymouth from England.
- The Bennett family name is also strongly associated with the state of New York and Pennsylvania in America.
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