Bentham - Surname Meaning

This surname is derived from a geographical locality. 'of Bentham,' a parish in West Riding Yorks, twelve miles from Settle. Most of the Benthams in the Dictionary of National Biography are referred back to a Yorkshire parentage.

Johannes de Bentham, 1379: Poll Tax of Yorkshire.

Ricardus de Bentham, 1379: ibid.

Thomas de Bentham, 1379: ibid.

All three were inhabitants of Bentham.

1576. Buried — Margaret, doughter of Sir Edwarde Bentaine: St. Dionis Backchurch.

1758. Married — Matthew Bentham and Hannah Taylor: St. George, Hanover Square.

A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames, written: 1872-1896 by Charles Wareing Endell Bardsley

There is not much reason to doubt that this name is derived from the parish of Bentham, in the West Riding of Yorkshire. Jeremy Bentham, however, fancied himself descended from the German Counts of Bentheim, and, utilitarian and democrat though he was, at one time actually meditated the purchase of some property which had formed part of their territories. Westminster Rev., July, 1853.

Patronymica Britannica, written: 1838-1860 by Mark Antony Lower

The Benthams, who are best represented in the Sedbergh district, take their name from a West Riding parish. Thomas Bentham, Bishop of Lichfield in the 16th century, was born at Sherburn in the West Riding.

Homes of Family Names in Great Britain (1890) by Henry Brougham Guppy

Bentham - Surname Distribution

Bentham Distribution in the United Kingdom in 1881

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* Statistics based on the 1881 census of the United Kingdom, Channel Islands & Isle of Man

Highest Incidence of Benthams in UK Counties and Dependencies

RankCountyNo. of People% of Region
1Lancashire7380.02
2Yorkshire3340.01
3Surrey38-
4Middlesex36-
5Westmorland360.06
6Leicestershire320.01
7Durham31-
8Rutland290.14
9Kent11-
10Hampshire10-
11Cheshire9-
12Lincolnshire8-
13Cumberland7-
14Derbyshire7-
15Northumberland6-
16Flintshire50.01
17Cambridgeshire5-
18Staffordshire4-
19Norfolk4-
20Kirkcudbrightshire30.01
21Somerset3-
22Oxfordshire3-
23Fife2-
24Shropshire1-
25Channel Islands1-
26Essex1-
27Bedfordshire1-
28Gloucestershire1-
29Northamptonshire1-
30Buckinghamshire1-

Highest Incidence of Benthams in UK Settlements

RankSettlementNo. of People% of Settlement
1Thornton550.54
2Bradford450.02
3Dent282.31
4Lambeth230.01
5Ingleton191.17
6Oakham180.56
7Halifax150.01
8Kendal140.08
9Giggleswick141.43
10Bentham140.63
11Rotherham120.05
12Leeds11-
13South Luffenham113.20
14Horton in Ribblesdale112.08
15Settle100.45
16Tong90.16
17Langcliffe91.30
18Chelsea90.01
19Heversham80.23
20Allerston80.19
21Croydon70.01
22Kingston upon Hull70.01
23St Pancras7-
24Grindleton70.87
25Gisburn60.37
26Arncliffe61.04
27Newcastle upon Tyne6-
28Kirkby Malham60.73
29Kirkby Stephen60.23
30Bowes50.64
31Flint50.11
32Stamford50.07
33Hackney5-
34Thornaby50.05
35Islington5-
36Sheffield4-
37Aysgarth40.13
38Darton30.05
39Hawes30.16
40Handsworth30.01
41Boston30.02
42Colvend30.23
43Ealing30.01
44Appleby30.10
45Kirkby Lonsdale30.12
46Great Yarmouth20.01
47Hornsey20.01
48Whitewell20.66
49Wandsworth20.01
50Banwell20.01
51St Marylebone2-
52Cowley20.04
53Ackworth20.09
54Burton in Lonsdale20.32
55Burntisland20.04
56Bermondsey2-
57Skipton20.02
58Austwick10.21
59Camberwell1-
60Battersea1-
61Walthamstow1-
62Shipley cum Heaton10.01
63Wroxham10.26
64East Harptree10.15
65Morecambe10.03
66Sloley10.38
67Bolton by Bowland10.14
68Stoke next Guildford10.01
69St Peter-Port10.01
70Brough under Stainmore10.12
71Stainmore10.20
72Newington1-
73Stainforth10.48
74Stamford10.06
75Eccleshall10.02
76Paddington1-
77Westminster1-
78Tong10.20
79Banbury10.01
80London1-
81Clapham10.10
82Long Preston10.07
83Ilkley10.02

Bentham Distribution in Ireland in 1901

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* Statistics based on the 1901 census or Ireland

Highest Incidence of Benthams in Irish Counties

RankCountyNo. of People% of Region
1Cork1-
2Dublin1-
3Antrim1-

Highest Incidence of Benthams in Irish Settlements

RankSettlementNo. of People% of Settlement
1Cork1-
2Belfast1-
3Monkstown1-

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