What does the name Bennett mean?
Bennett is an English surname with Anglo-Norman roots, found in records as early as the 1200s and thought to mostly have a patronymic origin. It refers to someone who was the son or descendant of a person named Benedict. Bennett is the English version of the Norman name 'Benet'. Some have hypothesised the surname Bennett may also have come from the Old English 'beonet' (bent-grass), and refer to somebody who lived at or near a bent-grass covered moor.
The earliest occurrence of the Bennett surname in our family history documents is from 1455, and we currently have 2,706,027 records where Bennett appears.
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Typical jobs for Bennetts
Hard-working people, the Bennetts. 2747 worked in domestic service, according to the 1901 Census.
Where most Bennetts lived
In the 1900s, you’d probably bump into a Bennett in London.
Bennetts’ criminal history
How do we put this... Not all Bennetts were angels, apparently. We found 3368 in criminal records.
Bennetts in World War I
According to the World War I records, 4550 Bennetts served in the First World War.