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

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

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
1Dublin1-
2Antrim1-
3Cork1-

Highest Incidence of Benthams in Irish Settlements

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

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