Benest

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Benest family page
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This surname was present in Jersey as early as the 13th century and is still there today in significant numbers

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Doris Benest, Post Office telegraph operator, 1950s


Record Search


Direct links to lists of baptisms, marriages and burials for the Benest family can be found under Family Records opposite. If you want to search for records for a spelling variant of Benest, or for any other family name, just click below on the first letter of the family name you are interested in. This will open a new tab in your browser giving you a list of family names beginning with that letter, for which there are baptism records in our database of half a million church and public registry records.

You can also select marriages or burials. Select the name you want and when the list of records is displayed you can easily refine the search, choosing a single parish, given name(s) and/or start and end dates.

The records are displayed 30 to a page, but by selecting the yellow Wiki Table option at the top left of the page you can open a full, scrollable list. This list will either be displayed in a new tab or a pop-up window. You may have to edit the settings of your browser to allow pop-up windows for www.jerripediabmd.net. For the small number of family names for which a search generates more than 1,500 records you will have to refine your search (perhaps using start or end dates) to reduce the number of records found.

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Origin of Surname

George Balleine suggests that Benest is a French version of Benedictus and was adopted as a surname in medieval times when surnames were first established. French sources also suggest the derivation from the early personal name Benoit.

Early records

Benest is one of the oldest Jersey surnames, being found in the Extente of 1274. The name is found throughout Jersey records to the present day. The name is also found in France as the name of a village in Poitou-Charentes and as a surname of families connected with that region. No connection has yet been established between the Jersey name and this place.

Noe Benest, born about 1530 in Jersey, married Jeannette Regnault and they had a daughter Marguerite (b abt 1557) who married Ambroise Le Breton.

Variants

  • Benest, 1299
  • Beneest 1331
  • Beneyt, 1274
  • Beneit 1299
  • Bennest
  • Benoyst
  • Benoist, French variant
  • Benet, French variant
  • Binet is sometimes found in early years, probably in error, as an alternative spelling but is a distinct family


Family records

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Family trees



Three trees for the same family



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Church records

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Family histories and biographies



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Occupation records



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Family wills



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Burial records


Family businesses

Family album

The 1911 wedding of William Benest and Mary Nicolle. The picture was taken at China Quarry Farm, St Lawrence

Family gravestones

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Tips

The church record links above will open in a new tab in your browser and generate the most up-to-date list of each set of records from our database. These lists replace earlier Family page baptism lists, which were not regularly updated. They have the added advantage that they produce a chronological listing for the family name in all parishes, so you do not have to search through A-Z indexes, parish by parish.

We have included some important spelling variants on some family pages, but it may be worth searching for records for a different spelling variant. Think of searching for variants with or without a prefix, such as Le or De. To search for further variants, or for any other family name, just click on the appropriate link below for the first letter of the family name, and a new tab will open, giving you the option to choose baptism, marriage or burial records. You will then see a list of available names for that type of record and you can select any name from that list. That will display all records of the chosen type for that family name, and you can narrow the search by adding a given name, selecting a parish or setting start and end dates in the form you will see above. You can also change the family name, or search for a partial name if you are not certain of the spelling

The records are displayed 30 to a page, but by selecting the yellow Wiki Table option at the top left of the page you can open a full, scrollable list. This list will either be displayed in a new tab or a pop-up window. You may have to edit the settings of your browser to allow pop-up windows for www.jerripediabmd.net. For the small number of family names for which a search generates more than 1,500 records you will have to refine your search (perhaps using start or end dates) to reduce the number of records found.

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