Bingham Family Crest, Coat of Arms and Name History


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Bingham Origin:


Origins of Bingham:

The surname of Bingham originated from the country of England. Within the country of England, there was a village which was known as Bingham; the village is now a parish in the city of Nottingham. This means that the surname of Bingham was often taken by the Lord or owner of the land from which the name derives. Others who may have take a locational surname are people who have migrated out of the area to seek out work. The easiest way to identify someone who was a stranger at that time was by the name of their birthplace. In the case of the surname of Bingham, it derives from an Old English Pre 7th Century Norse-Viking word of “bingr,” which can be translated to mean a “byr” or a “manager,” and the combination of the element of “ham,” which can be translated to mean “a farm.” The surname of Bingham is also an occupational surname. This means that the original bearer of the surname of Bingham most likely worked on a farm, meaning that he actually carried out this job. Occupational surnames were not originally hereditary surnames. They only became hereditary if the son followed in his father’s footsteps for a career; then the surname became hereditary and was used by the children and spouse of the son.


More common variations are: Beingham, Binggham, Binhgham, Binghame, Binghamm, bin Gham, Binghham, Binngham, Bingam, Bngham



The first recorded spelling of the surname of Bingham is found within the country of England. One person by the name of William de Bingeham was mentioned in the Pipe Rolls of Nottingham in the year of 1175. This document was ordered, decreed, and written under the reign of one King Henry II of England, who was known throughout the ages, and commonly referred to as “The Builder of Churches.” King Henry II ruled from the year of 1154 to the year of 1189. Other mentions of the surname of Bingham within the country of England included one William de Bingham, who was recorded as residing in the area of Lincoln in the year of 1257, and one William Byngham who was mentioned in the Assize Register of the city of Nottingham in the year of 1433. Those who bore the surname of Bingham within the country of England are found in large concentrations in the city of Nottingham, especially because of the original village of Bingham which was originally found in this city.

United States of America:

Within the 17th century, it became common for European citizens to migrate to the United States of America, which at that time was referred to as The New World, or the Colonies. These settlers were displeased with the state of the governments in their home countries, and the living conditions that accompanied these governments. The New World promised religious freedom, the ability to own land, and the formation of jobs. The first person to bear the surname of Bingham within the Colonies was one John Bingham, who arrived in the state of Virginia, and who settled there in the year of 1653.


Here is the population distribution of the last name Bingham: United States 30,065; England 7,486; Australia 2,180; Canada 1,601; South Africa 1,443; Northern Ireland 1,192; Scotland 610; Jamaica 589; Germany 572; New Zealand 350

Notable People:

Hiram Bingham, who was a Congregationalist missionary in the state of Hawaii, and who was from America

George Caleb Bingham (1811-1879) who was a painter and frontier politician from America

Seth Bingham (1882-1972) who was an organist, composer, and an American professor who taught at Columbia University

John Armor Bingham, who served as a Congressman from the state of Ohio, and who served as a Judge in the trial of the President Abraham Lincoln assassination, and who was a politician and a lawyer from America

Stuart Bingham (born in 1976) who was a professional snooker player from the country of England, and who was awarded the title of World Snooker Champion in the year of 2015

John Michael Ward Bingham (1908-1988) who served as the 7th Baron of Clanmorris, and who was also a crime fiction writer and spy from the country of England

Lord George Charles Bingham (born in 1967) who is an investment banker from the country of England, and who was the only son fo the 7th Earl of Lucan, and who is missing, and presumed dead

Charlotte Bingham (born in 1942) who is a novelist from Britain


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Blazons & Genealogy Notes

1) (Binghams-Melcombe, co. Dorset, a family of Saxon origin, originally of Sutton Bingham, co. Somerset). Motto—Spes mea Christus. Quarterly, 1st, az. a bend cottised betw. six crosses pattee or, for Bingham; 2nd, erm. a lion ramp. gu. crowned or, for Turbervill; 3rd, az. three arrows erect or, for Chaldecott; 4th, per bend ar. and sa. four lozenges in bend betw. six fleurs-de-lis, all counterchanged, for Potenger. Crest—On a rock ppr. an eagle rising or.
2) (The Vines, Rochester, co. Kent). Arms, &c., same as Bingham, of Binghams-Melcombe.
3) (Earl of Lucan). Motto—Spes mea Christus. (Bingham Castle, co. Mayo). Az. a bend cottised betw. six crosses pattee or. Crest—On a mount vert a falcon rising wings expanded ppr. armed membered and belled or. Supporters —Two wolves az. plain collared and chained or.
4) (Lord Clanmorris). Motto—Spes mea Christus. Az. a bend cottised betw. six crosses pattee or, quartering Turberville and Shaen. Crest—A rock thereon an eagle rising all ppr. Supporters —Two lions ppr.
5) (registered 1708 to Henry Bingham, Esq., son of Charles Bingham and Mary Anne his wife, heiress of Henry Blennerhasset, Esq., co. Fermanagh). Quarterly, 1st and 4th, az a bend plain cottised betw. six crosses pattee or, for Bingham; 2nd and 3rd, gu. a fess erm. betw. three dolphins naiant ar., for Blennerhasset. Crest—On a mound vert an eagle rising ppr.
6) (Hertfordshire). Vert a cross moline or.
7) (Kent. Visit, co. Notts. 1614). (Bingham, Car Colston, and Watnall Chaworth, co. Nottingham). Or, on a fesse gu. three water bougets ar.
8) Or, a fesse gu. betw. three water bougets sa.
9) (Nottinghamshire). Or, on a fesse gu. three water bougets erm.
10) (Nottinghamshire). Or, on a fesse betw. three mullets gu. as many water bougets ar.
11) Per pale ar. and sa. a lion ramp. or, armed gu. (another, the lion crowned or).
12) (or Bengham) Az. a fesse dancettee ar.

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