First name origin & meaning:
Latin: Anglicized version of Benedict
First name variations: Benett, Benner, Benn, Bentley, Benet, Benette, Benit, Benitt, Bennet, Bennette, Benyt, Benytt, Bennett
Last name origins & meanings:
- French (Benoît): from the personal name Benoit,
French form of Benedict.
- A Benoît, also called La Ruine, is recorded in Quebec city in
1666; another from the Nivernais is recorded in Montreal in 1658, with
the secondary surnames Nivernois and Livernois, and one from Paris is
recorded in Champlain, Quebec, in 1665, with the secondary surname
Laforest. A bearer of the name from the Poitou region of France is
recorded in Château-Richter in 1665; another, from Saintonge, is
documented in Montreal in 1670 with the secondary surname Lajeunesse;
and a third, from the Angoumois region, was recorded in Montreal in
1729 with the secondary surname Laguerre. The secondary surname Abel,
from a father’s forename, is recorded in 1694 in Île-d’Orléans.
The LA lines seem to have descended from various Acadian
refugees of the 18th century.
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