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My name is Erica Bentley and I welcome you to my/our family tree. 

Since setting out to research my genealogy in 2009, I've encountered numerous challenges and frustrations--limited resources, lack of information, dead-end paper trails, the shortcommings of available technologies. Building one's  family tree is no small feat. In the end though, the exciting and rewarding discoveries I've unearthed thus far have made it all worthwhile--because if we don’t consider what became of them, what’ll become of us?

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Genealogy:History of the Bentley Name
Posted by: Erica Bentley on Nov 23 2014 19:24

The origin of the name 'Bentley' is interesting. It is most probably derived from a place of that name, so-called from the plant, 'bent', which grows near the sea. "The fitfull sweep of winds across the steep through withered bents." (Quote from Keble's Christian Year). The termination 'ley' or 'lea', meaning 'meadow', was added.

The families of this name which have come to our notice are principally to be found in:

  • Staffordshire in the 14th-16th centuries
  • Shropshire in the 15th and 17th-19th centuries
  • Derbyshire and Oxfordshire in the 16th-17th centuries
  • Worcestershire and Yorkshire in the 17th-19th centuries
  • Lancashire in the 18th-19th centuries
  • Tipperary, Ireland in the 17th-19th centuries

From these dates it would seem probably that most of the families mentioned above drew their origin from Staffordshire and Shropshire.

In Lancashire are the Bentleys of Birch House, near Bolton, "an old Lancashire family, whose residence was for some centuries at Bentley Hall, near Bury."

Eng. Pub AE

N.S. Vol. 3

Salt Lake Genealogical Library

Our Bentley family comes from Lancashire, but our roots have not been traced back far enough to connect with any of these families. We are in the process of researching the Bentleys there, and hope to connect with them as soon as possible. We would not be able to use the coat of arms, etc. unless we establish the connection.

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