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Offline Fogmoose

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Re: Help with a surname (Benningham?)
« Reply #9 on: Tuesday 30 March 21 22:29 BST (UK) »
I agree Benigham or Beningham. That does look like an ink blot over the second letter, not a dot over an i.
Jaffray, Morrison - Monquhitter
Bird or Burd, Ironside - Methlick
Young - Aberdeen, Banffshire
Reid, Milne - Kincardineshire
Sanderson, Marshall, Marr - Foveran
Black, Ross - Rathven
Searle or Seale, Steel(e), Forbes, Adams- Aberdeen
Hutche(s)on, Keith, Greig, Fowlie - Cuminestown, New Deer, Monquhitter, Methlick

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Re: Help with a surname (Benningham?)
« Reply #10 on: Tuesday 30 March 21 23:53 BST (UK) »
Hi all! Apologies for the delayed response - thank you all for your input.  :)

It seems like the general consensus is that it is indeed most likely some form of Benningham. A very unusual name for that time and place, I haven't seen it in local records before.

However, I suppose it's entirely possible that it went extinct locally. Someone else pointed out the Sandfords and the Donnelly's. I descend from the latter, my 4x great grandfather being a Patrick Donnelly of Ballynenagh. The Sandfords seemed to be very close to them, sharing some land in the townland for many, many years. Yet the Sandford name seems to have become extinct by the time my living relatives were born in the area in the 40s and 50s. I suppose the same may have happened to Benningham at an earlier point.

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Re: Help with a surname (Benningham?)
« Reply #11 on: Sunday 04 April 21 16:15 BST (UK) »
So I've been doing some more local searching and discovered that there is in fact a reasonably-common 'Bennigan' surname in the area.

This sounds/looks a lot more like a name of gaelic origin, but I've not come across it before. Anyone know anthing about it? Possibly a corruption of 'Bannigan' or 'Brannigan'?


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Re: Help with a surname (Benningham?)
« Reply #12 on: Sunday 04 April 21 16:34 BST (UK) »
You may want to consult https://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?id=mdp.39015011274175&view=1up&seq=500

Much of it will apply for Scots/Irish surnames as well I would think.
Jaffray, Morrison - Monquhitter
Bird or Burd, Ironside - Methlick
Young - Aberdeen, Banffshire
Reid, Milne - Kincardineshire
Sanderson, Marshall, Marr - Foveran
Black, Ross - Rathven
Searle or Seale, Steel(e), Forbes, Adams- Aberdeen
Hutche(s)on, Keith, Greig, Fowlie - Cuminestown, New Deer, Monquhitter, Methlick

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Re: Help with a surname (Benningham?)
« Reply #13 on: Sunday 04 April 21 17:18 BST (UK) »
Oh thank you for that, Fogmoose! This looks like a very useful resource.  :)