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Meaning and Origin of: Bingham

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First name origins & meanings:

  • German : Kettle-shaped hollow

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Last name origin & meaning:

  • English : habitational name from a place in Nottinghamshire called Bingham, from an unattested Old English clan name, Binningas, or an Old English word bing ‘(a) hollow’ + Old English hām ‘homestead’.
  • Jewish (American) : Americanized form of various like-sounding habitational names such as Bingenheimer.
  • The Bingham family of Melcombe Bingham in Dorset can trace their descent back to Robert de Bingham, recorded in 1273, who probably came from Bingham in Nottinghamshire. His descendants included the Earls of Lucan. A branch of the family was established in Ireland, where they gave their name to Binghamstown in County Mayo. Sir Richard Bingham (c.1528–99) was Marshal of Ireland. Charles Bingham (1735–99) was created earl of Lucan in 1795.

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