Surnames/tags: Behenna Bohenna Behanna
About the Project
The Behenna Name Study project serves as a collaborative platform to collect information on the Behenna name. The hope is that other researchers like you will join the study to help make it a valuable reference point for other genealogists who are researching or have an interest in the Behenna name.
As a One Name Study, this project is not limited to persons who are related biologically. Individual studies can be used to branch out the research into specific methods and areas of interest, such as geographically (England Behenna's), by time period (18th Century Behenna's), or by topic (Behenna DNA, Behenna Occupations, Behenna Statistics). These studies may also include a number of family branches which have no immediate link with each other. Some researchers may even be motivated to go beyond the profile identification and research stage to compile fully sourced, single-family histories of some of the families they discover through this name study project.
Also see the related surnames and surname variants.
How to Join
To join the Behenna Name Study, first start out by browsing our current research pages to see if there is a specific study ongoing that fits your interests. If so, feel free to add your name to the Membership list below, post an introduction comment on the specific team page, and then dive right in!
Once you are ready to go, you can also show your project affiliation with the ONS Member Sticker:
Here are some of the current research pages included in the study. I'll be working on them, and could use your help!
Related Surnames and Surname Variants
The "hen" in Behenna may be from the Brythonic (Cornish and Welsh) branch of the Celtic language, meaning old. It may refer to a place name.
The ancestral home of the Behenna family seems to be around the Truro, St Erth, St Gerrans, Kea, Kenwyn and Veryan areas of Cornwall.
The oldest record for the surname seems to have been a John Behannow, born around May 1568 SAINT GERRANS,CORNWALL,ENGLAND, his father was a Hugh Behannow