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Bender Name Meaning

German: occupational name for a cooper a short form of Fassbender . Compare Bainter and Painter . English (London): metonymic occupational name for an archer or bow maker from Middle English bender an agent derivative of benden ‘to bend’ (Old English bendan). Compare Benbow . Hungarian: from bender ‘curl’ hence a nickname for someone with curly hair. Croatian: nickname or metonymic occupational name from bender a term denoting a musical instrument similar to a tambourine. Jewish (eastern Ashkenazic): habitational name from the town of Bendery (now in Moldova). Jewish (Ashkenazic): variant of Bander

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022


Similar surnames: Render, Kender, Blender, Benner, Pender, Binder, Bendel, Bander

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Where is the Bender family from?

You can see how Bender families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Bender family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Bender families were found in USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 141 Bender families living in Pennsylvania. This was about 55% of all the recorded Bender's in USA. Pennsylvania had the highest population of Bender families in 1840.
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What did your Bender ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Bender. 14% of Bender men worked as a Laborer and 7% of Bender women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Bender were Clerk and Maid. .

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations In 1940

  • Laborer
    14%
  • Farmer
    13%
  • Salesman
    6%
  • Clerk
    4%

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Housewife
    7%
  • Stenographer
    6%
  • Teacher
    6%
  • Maid
    6%
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Passenger Lists

There are 24,000 immigration records available for the last name Bender. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the USA, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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There are 44,000 military records available for the last name Bender. For the veterans among your Bender ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Bender lifespan?

Between 1944 and 2004, in the United States, Bender life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 1999. The average life expectancy for Bender in 1944 was 25, and 75 in 2004.

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