Bentley Family History
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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 (see Pantaleo).
Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press