Behrens Family History

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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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Behrens Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Behrens name?

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

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  • England & Wales


  • Germanic Europe


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Sweden


  • Norway


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Behrens Family Origin

Where is the Behrens family from?

Behrens Family Occupations

What did your Behrens ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, the most common Behrens occupation in the USA was Farmer. 24% of Behrens's were Farmers. A less common occupation for the Behrens family was Grocer. Farmer, Laborer and Carpenter were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Behrens.

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  • Farmer

  • Laborer

  • Carpenter

  • Grocer


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

Behrens Historical Records

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Census Record

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 List

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 Card

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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Behrens Life Expectancy

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.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Behrens

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Behrens 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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