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Belen Name Meaning

Spanish (Belén): from the personal name derived from the Biblical place name Bethlehem, birthplace of Jesus Christ. Jewish (Sephardic): adoption of the Spanish name.

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


Similar surnames: Belin, Belan, Bolen, Abele, Bien, Boley, Ellen, Len, Behlen, Leben

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Where is the Belen family from?

You can see how Belen families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Belen family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Belen families were found in the USA in 1920. In 1840 there were 2 Belen families living in Kentucky. This was about 40% of all the recorded Belen's in the USA. Kentucky had the highest population of Belen families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Belen surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Belen ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Teacher were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Belen. 31% of Belen men worked as a Laborer and 19% of Belen women worked as a Teacher. Some less common occupations for Americans named Belen were Labor 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

  • Laborer
    31%
  • Farmer
    21%
  • Truck Driver
    7%
  • Labor
    7%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Teacher
    19%
  • Housekeeper
    15%
  • Clerk
    12%
  • Housewife
    12%
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Census Records

There are 6,000 census records available for the last name Belen. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Belen 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 1,000 immigration records available for the last name Belen. 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 676 military records available for the last name Belen. For the veterans among your Belen ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Belen lifespan?

Between 1959 and 2004, in the United States, Belen life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1959, and highest in 1991. The average life expectancy for Belen in 1959 was 33, and 78 in 2004.

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