Origin of the Name Benson
family history was found in the allfamilycrests.com archives. Meaning 'the son of Bennett' the name Benson has a number of variants including Benenson, Bennison, Benns, Bence and Bense. This name is of Anglo-Saxon descent spreading to Ireland, Scotland and Wales in early times and is found in many mediaeval manuscripts in the above countries. Examples of such are a Germanus Benson, who was recorded in the 'Poll Tax' of the West Riding of Yorkshire in the year 1379 and a Thomas Benson who was Rector of Houghton, England, in the year 1559. A John Bense and Elizabeth de la Hay were married in Canterbury in 1663 and a John Bennes was Rector of Bowthorp, Norfolk, in the year 1420.
In Ireland this name and its variants were introduced into Ulster Province by settlers who arrived from England and Scotland, especially during the seventeenth century. It was the 'Plantations of Ireland' in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries that marked the end of Gaelic supremacy in Ireland. While the influx of settlers in the wake of the earlier Anglo-Norman invasion of the twelfth century resulted in a full integration into Irish society of the new arrivals, the same never occurred with the Ulster Planters who maintained their own distinct identity.
Benison is sometimes used as a variant of the name Gildea.
The Benson coat of arms came into existence centuries ago. The process of creating coats of arms (also often called family crests) began in the eleventh century although a form of Proto-Heraldry may have existed in some countries prior to this. The new art of Heraldry made it possible for families and even individual family members to have their very own coat of arms, including all Benson descendants.