Benson Family History
Benson Name Meaning
English: patronymic from the medieval personal name Ben(ne) a pet form of Benedict (see Benn ) + -son. English: habitational name from a place in Oxfordshire named Benson from Old English Benesingtūn ‘settlement (Old English tūn) associated with Benesa’ a personal name of obscure origin perhaps a derivative of Bana meaning ‘slayer’. Americanized form of any of various Scandinavian patronymics from the personal name Bengt Bendt etc. Scandinavian forms of Benedict e.g. Swedish Bengtsson Danish Bendtsen Danish and Norwegian Bentsen . Compare Bensen In some cases also an Americanized form of Norwegian and Danish Berntsen or Bernsen and probably also of Swedish Berntsson (see Berntson ) or Bernsson. Compare Bensen 3 and Bernson . German: patronymic from a short form of the personal name Benjamin or Bernhard . Jewish (Ashkenazic): patronymic from a pet form of the personal name Beniamin (see Bien Benjamin ) + German Sohn ‘son’.
Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022