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Behn Family History

Behn Name Meaning

from a short form of the personal name Bernhard. in some cases, perhaps a variant of Bein, from Middle Low German ben ‘bone’, ‘leg’.

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


Similar surnames: Bein, Benn, Dehn, Been, Bohn, Rehn, Bahn, Bean, Bern, Behr

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Where is the Behn family from?

You can see how Behn families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Behn family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Behn families were found in the USA in 1920. In 1840 there were 3 Behn families living in Georgia. This was about 75% of all the recorded Behn's in the USA. Georgia had the highest population of Behn families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Behn surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Behn ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Maid were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Behn. 31% of Behn men worked as a Farmer and 18% of Behn women worked as a Maid. Some less common occupations for Americans named Behn were Salesman 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

  • Farmer
    31%
  • Laborer
    17%
  • Clerk
    6%
  • Salesman
    6%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Maid
    18%
  • Housework
    13%
  • Teacher
    13%
  • Housewife
    10%
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Census Records

There are 9,000 census records available for the last name Behn. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Behn 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 4,000 immigration records available for the last name Behn. 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 2,000 military records available for the last name Behn. For the veterans among your Behn ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Behn lifespan?

Between 1957 and 2004, in the United States, Behn life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1957, and highest in 1993. The average life expectancy for Behn in 1957 was 43, and 80 in 2004.

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