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Benson Family History

Benson Name Meaning
English: patronymic from the medieval personal name Benne, a pet form of Benedict (see Benn).English: habitational name from a place in Oxfordshire named Benson, from Old English Benesingtun ‘settlement (Old English tun) associated with Benesa’, a personal name of obscure origin, perhaps a derivative of Bana meaning ‘slayer’.Jewish (Ashkenazic): patronymic composed of a pet form of the personal name Beniamin (see Bien, Benjamin) + German Sohn ‘son’.Scandinavian: altered form of such names as Bengtsson, Bendtsen, patronymics from Bengt, Bendt, etc., Scandinavian forms of Benedict.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press

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Name Distribution of Benson Families

  • Number of Benson families
     682 - 1,362
     228 - 681
     1 - 227
     
    from the 1920 US Federal Census Data
  • Number of Benson families
     1,075 - 2,148
     359 - 1,074
     1 - 358
     
    from the 1891 England and Wales Census Data
  • Number of Benson families
     113 - 223
     38 - 112
     1 - 37
     
    from the 1891 Scotland Census Data

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Benson Family Origin

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Benson Immigration Information

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Average Life Expectancy for Benson

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Benson Family Occupations

from 1880 Federal Census Data

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