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Ben Name Meaning

Muslim: abstracted as a surname from Arabic ben ‘son of’, as in Bensoussan. This is quite commonly used as a surname among Muslims living in France. Italian (also Del Ben): from a dialect form of bene ‘well’. This form, without the preposition, is found only in Belluno province, in particular in Taibon Agordino. Indian (Gujarat): from Gujarati ben ‘sister’, from Sanskrit bhagini, a title often attached to their given name by Gujarati women. It is not a true family name, but is sometimes used as a last name by women who do not have a surname.

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


Similar surnames: Bene, Bien, Wen, Ban, Bean, Bena, Boen, Benn, Ren, Bey

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Where is the Ben family from?

You can see how Ben families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Ben family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Ben families were found in the USA in 1920. In 1840 there were 6 Ben families living in Pennsylvania. This was about 30% of all the recorded Ben's in the USA. Pennsylvania had the highest population of Ben families in 1840.
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What did your Ben ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Weaver were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Ben. 25% of Ben men worked as a Farmer and 16% of Ben women worked as a Weaver. Some less common occupations for Americans named Ben were New Worker and Stenographer.

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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
    25%
  • Laborer
    23%
  • Farm Laborer
    5%
  • New Worker
    4%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Weaver
    16%
  • Housekeeper
    13%
  • Maid
    10%
  • Stenographer
    8%
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Passenger Lists

There are 8,000 immigration records available for the last name Ben. 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 3,000 military records available for the last name Ben. For the veterans among your Ben ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Ben lifespan?

Between 1950 and 2004, in the United States, Ben life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1961, and highest in 1968. The average life expectancy for Ben in 1950 was 57, and 68 in 2004.

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