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About the Bentley surname

Bentley Name Meaning English: habitational name from any of various places, the chief of which are in Derbyshire, Essex, Hampshire, Shropshire, Staffordshire, Suffolk, Warwickshire, Worcestershire, and East and South Yorkshire. The place name is from Old English beonet ‘bent grass’ + leah ‘woodland clearing’.

Probably an Americanized spelling of Swiss Bandle or Bandli or German Bentele, all short forms of the medieval personal name Pantaleon

The Bentley family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Bentley families were found in the United Kingdom in 1891.

In 1840 there were 170 Bentley families living in New York. New York had the highest population of Bentley families in 1840, about 40% of all recorded Bentley's in the USA.

In 1841 there were 15 Bentley families living in Lanarkshire, located in the Central Lowlands of Scotland.

In 1891 there were 3,644 Bentley families living in Yorkshire, a historic county in Northern England. It’s known for its Roman and Viking heritage. Viking York (Old Norse: Jórvík) is a term used by historians for, what is now, Yorkshire during the period of Scandinavian domination from late 9th century until it was annexed and integrated into England after the Norman Conquest. Yorkshire had the highest population of Bentley families in 1891.

In 1911 there were 244 Bentley families living in Ontario. Ontario had the highest populationof Bentley families in 1911, about 46% of all recorded Bentley's in Canada.