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Where does the last name Bennett come from???

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Re: Where does the last name Bennett come from???

Posted: 5 Nov 2012 10:18AM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: bennett, bennette, bennet, benoit
Thanks, Valerie. I'd love to know the titles of some of the books to which you refer. A quick internet search turned up:
Bennett is an English and Irish language surname related to the medieval given name Benedict, both ultimately from Latin Benedictus "blessed". Bennett is the English spelling of the Anglo-Norman name Ben[n]et (Modern French first name Benoît, surname Bénet). The oldest public record of the surname is dated 1208 in County Durham.
Benedict is a masculine given name. It comes from the Latin benedictus, meaning "blessed" and most commonly refers to Saint Benedict of Nursia, the founder of the Order of Saint Benedict and thereby of Western Monasticism (Benedictine).
This interesting surname derives from the medieval given name "Benedict", from the Latin "Benedictus" meaning blessed. This personal name owed its popularity in the Middle Ages chiefly to St. Benedict (circa 480 - 550), who founded the Benedictine order of monks at Monte Cassino, and wrote a monastic rule that formed a model for all subsequent rules. There were many versions of the name throughout Europe, and in England in the 12th Century the Latin form of the name can be found alongside versions derived from the Old French forms "Beneit" and "Benoit", which were popular among the Normans.

One reference:
Albert Dauzat, Dictionnaire étymologique des noms de famille et prénoms de France, Librairie Larousse 1980, édition revue et augmentée par Marie-Thérèse Morlet, p. 36b.
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satinsback 21 Apr 2010 11:58PM GMT 
brucebennett 22 Apr 2010 7:09AM GMT 
satinsback 28 Mar 2010 12:27AM GMT 
Valfarbenn 4 Nov 2012 3:57AM GMT 
Greg Bennette 5 Nov 2012 4:31AM GMT 
Valfarbenn 5 Nov 2012 5:11AM GMT 
Greg Bennette 5 Nov 2012 5:18PM GMT 
Valfarbenn 6 Nov 2012 11:13AM GMT 
mitchellbenne... 9 Nov 2012 12:34PM GMT 
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