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Behlen Name Meaning

German: metronymic from Abele or Hebele, pet forms of the female personal name Elisabeth (see Elizabeth), the suffix -n being the (weak) genitive ending; thus ‘(husband or son) of Bele’.

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


Similar surnames: Bohlen, Belin, Wehle, Belen, Gehlen, Sellen, Ehlen, Belle, Uehlein

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Where is the Behlen family from?

You can see how Behlen families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Behlen family name was found in the USA, and the UK between 1840 and 1920. The most Behlen families were found in USA in 1920. In 1840 there was 1 Behlen family living in Maryland. This was 100% of all the recorded Behlen's in USA. Maryland had the highest population of Behlen families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Behlen surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Behlen ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Salesman and Secretary were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Behlen. 30% of Behlen men worked as a Salesman and 34% of Behlen women worked as a Secretary. Some less common occupations for Americans named Behlen were Chauffeur and Housewife. .

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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

  • Salesman
    30%
  • Farmer
    30%
  • Truck Driver
    17%
  • Chauffeur
    10%

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Secretary
    34%
  • Clerk
    23%
  • Teacher
    23%
  • Housewife
    23%
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Census Records

There are 1,000 census records available for the last name Behlen. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Behlen census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger Lists

There are 383 immigration records available for the last name Behlen. 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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Draft Cards

There are 466 military records available for the last name Behlen. For the veterans among your Behlen ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Behlen lifespan?

Between 1958 and 2004, in the United States, Behlen life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1996, and highest in 2003. The average life expectancy for Behlen in 1958 was 66, and 87 in 2004.

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