Behnke Family History

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Behnke Name Meaning

North German: from a pet form of the personal name Bernhard.

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


Similar surnames: Dehnke, Behnken, Benke, Boehnke, Ehmke, Reinke, Denke, Weinke, Lenke

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Behnke Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Behnke name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Behnke. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales

    36%

  • Germanic Europe

    25%

  • Ireland & Scotland

    12%

  • Eastern Europe & Russia

    9%

  • Sweden

    4%

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Behnke Family Origin

Where is the Behnke family from?

Behnke Family Occupations

What did your Behnke ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, a less common occupation for the Behnke family was Cabinet Maker. The most common Behnke occupation in the USA was Farmer. 30% of Behnke's were Farmers. Farmer, Laborer and Keeping House were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Behnke.

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  • Farmer

    30%
  • Laborer

    17%
  • Keeping House

    5%
  • Cabinet Maker

    3%

Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Behnke ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Behnke Historical Records

What Behnke family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 20,000 census records available for the last name Behnke. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Behnke census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 4,000 immigration records available for the last name Behnke. 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 Card

There are 4,000 military records available for the last name Behnke. For the veterans among your Behnke ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Behnke Life Expectancy

What is the average Behnke lifespan?

Between 1953 and 2004, in the United States, Behnke life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1954, and highest in 1984. The average life expectancy for Behnke in 1953 was 40, and 79 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Behnke

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Behnke ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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