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Bena Family History

Bena Name Meaning

Northern Italian (Piedmont): from a reduced form of the medieval personal name Benenato (see Benenati). Czech (Béna) and Slovak (Bena): from a pet form of the personal name Benedikt (see Benedict). Hungarian (Béna): nickname from béna ‘lame’, or from a pet form of Benedek, Hungarian form of Benedict.

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


Similar surnames: Bene, Bona, Bina, Benn, Bera, Benak, Beno, Benda, Benza, Ben

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Where is the Bena family from?

You can see how Bena families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Bena family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Bena families were found in the USA in 1920. In 1840 there was 1 Bena family living in Pennsylvania. This was 100% of all the recorded Bena's in the USA. Pennsylvania had the highest population of Bena families in 1840.
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What did your Bena ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Stenographer were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Bena. 28% of Bena men worked as a Laborer and 19% of Bena women worked as a Stenographer. Some less common occupations for Americans named Bena were Cook and New Worker.

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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
    28%
  • Farmer
    16%
  • Truck Driver
    8%
  • Cook
    6%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Stenographer
    19%
  • Maid
    19%
  • Seamstress
    13%
  • New Worker
    13%
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

There are 1,000 immigration records available for the last name Bena. 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 527 military records available for the last name Bena. For the veterans among your Bena ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Bena lifespan?

Between 1957 and 2004, in the United States, Bena life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1962, and highest in 2003. The average life expectancy for Bena in 1957 was 62, and 53 in 2004.

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