Bentham Surname Meaning & Statistics

89,637th most common

surname in the world


Approximately 4,787

people bear this surname


Most prevelant in:

England

Highest density in:

Barbados

Definition:

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.

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Bentham Surname Distribution

CountryIncidenceFrequencyRank in Nation
England2,3981: 22,5193,215
United States4751: 674,25354,842
Canada4161: 85,1629,604
South Africa2191: 246,58425,955
Colombia2101: 227,2676,416
Australia1911: 123,38314,163
Wales1351: 22,9632,864
Barbados1161: 2,457413
Guyana1001: 7,8491,251
New Zealand951: 47,8617,621
Argentina901: 474,10650,444
Scotland721: 73,6116,953
Northern Ireland481: 37,5003,642
Switzerland361: 226,69228,564
Trinidad and Tobago321: 41,5013,889
Ireland271: 170,1159,692
Sweden221: 440,64542,407
Spain221: 2,113,99171,920
Isle of Man211: 4,095699
Netherlands181: 936,87869,202
India81: 156,002,500701,083
Thailand61: 10,742,78313,220
Russia61: 24,344,733615,517
China31: 455,396,66714,054
Norway21: 2,562,19234,681
Turkey21: 38,333,93241,879
Greece21: 5,561,51731,767
Cyprus11: 865,87810,683
France11: 65,959,000277,603
Gibraltar11: 30,0011,254
Bahrain11: 1,234,57110,190
Guatemala11: 15,806,6757,941
Hong Kong11: 7,219,70016,640
Jordan11: 6,619,17014,373
Indonesia11: 252,164,800810,193
Kazakhstan11: 17,285,000199,150
Panama11: 3,405,8139,591
Portugal11: 10,477,80021,562
Ukraine11: 42,825,883492,292
Saudi Arabia11: 29,994,27250,307
Togo11: 6,993,0004,435
Belgium11: 11,202,06691,024
CountryIncidenceFrequencyRank in Nation
Ireland31: 1,476,62229,385
CountryIncidenceFrequencyRank in Nation
England1,3571: 17,9632,596
Scotland51: 748,64318,576
Wales51: 313,68310,604
Guernsey11: 32,6562,283
CountryIncidenceFrequencyRank in Nation
United States541: 929,97655,839
PlaceIncidenceFrequencyRank in Area
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Bentham Surname Meaning

Descriptive Writing for introductory reference

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 Variants & Similar Names

Similiar Surnames

SurnameSimilarityIncidencePrevalency
Benthami932753/
Benetham93--
Bentam9245/
ben Thami88272/
Benathame881/
Bennetham88--
Benthom86--
Bontham868/
Bantham86674/
Bentama861409/
Bentamy86534/
Bentami86363/
Buntham8624/
Benttam869/
ben Tam862/
Bnetham861/
Bentaom861/
Banetham80--
Bentamou80432/
Boontham80216/
Bountham8022/
Penthama804/
ben Itam801/
Bendhaim801/
Baintham801/
Bantam77627/
Bentom7711/
Bentum7713062/
Pentam771220/
Bentem7790/
Bentim77532/
Bendam7742/
Bontam7735/
Buntam772/
Bentmy77--
Boonthama752/
Penthamma751/
Bounthama751/
Bhunatham751/
Beeanathamma741/
Bandham712142/
Pantham711098/
Bendami71673/
Benadim71274/
Pentama71240/
Benadum71196/
Benadom71105/
Pendham7128/
Beintum7124/
Bhinthamie7120/
Boontam7119/
Pentamu7110/
Pontham7110/
Bendama7110/
Benadam7110/
Bendame719/
Benhadhoum719/
bin Tam718/
Penttam718/
Bindham716/
Pentami716/
Banthom714/
Benetom714/
Bantama712/
Pentame711/
Pentamm711/
Penatam711/
Bondham711/
Bontama711/
Bendhem711/
Bendhim711/
Bantdam711/
Banatam711/
Bntamma711/
Benetum71--
Buntaim71--
Bountam71--
Pintham71--
Bendaom71--
Benedam71--

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Footnotes

    • Description: Descriptions are largely reproduced from 3rd party sources; diligence is advised on accepting their validity
    • Incidence: The approximate number of people in a given area who bear the surname
    • Frequency: The percentage of people in a given area that bear the surname
    • Rank: Surnames are ranked by incidence using the dense ranking method; the surname that occurs the most is assigned a rank of 1; surnames that occur less frequently receive an incremented rank; if two or more surnames occur the same number of times they are assigned the same rank and preceding rank is incremented by 1
    • Similar: Surnames listed in the 'Similar Surnames' section are phonetically similar and may not have any relation to Bentham