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Behrens Family History

Behrens Name Meaning

Dutch and North German: patronymic from Behrend, variant of Bernhard. According to documentary evidence, the earlier form Be(h)rendes was generally replaced by Behrens during the 17th century.

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


Similar surnames: Behrend, Behrends, Berens, Mehrens, Berns, Behrns, Berends, Behrendt

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Where is the Behrens family from?

You can see how Behrens families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Behrens family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Behrens families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there was 1 Behrens family living in Kentucky. This was about 50% of all the recorded Behrens's in the USA. Kentucky and 1 other state had the highest population of Behrens families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Behrens surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Behrens ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Behrens. 20% of Behrens men worked as a Farmer and 9% of Behrens women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Behrens were Clerk and Teacher.

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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
    20%
  • Laborer
    11%
  • Salesman
    7%
  • Clerk
    4%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housewife
    9%
  • Stenographer
    8%
  • Housekeeper
    7%
  • Teacher
    7%
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Census Records

There are 53,000 census records available for the last name Behrens. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Behrens 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 19,000 immigration records available for the last name Behrens. 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 15,000 military records available for the last name Behrens. For the veterans among your Behrens ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Behrens lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Behrens life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1951, and highest in 1991. The average life expectancy for Behrens in 1940 was 64, and 77 in 2004.

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