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Bence Name Meaning

English (of Norman origin): from a medieval personal name Bence Benz from the Old French Bence (see 2 below). French: derivative of the ancient Germanic personal name Benzo itself perhaps of the same origin as German Benz or alternatively derived from the name Bandizo based on the Gothic element bandi meaning ‘strap’ or ‘link tie’. Americanized form of German Benz . Hungarian: from a short form of the old personal name Bencenc from Latin Vincentius. From the 16th century onward Bence was confused with Bencse a pet form of Benedek (see Benedict ) and various derivatives of the personal name Benjámin (see Benjamin ). See also 5 and 6 below. Slovak: from a pet form of the personal name Benedik (see Benedict ). Alternatively of Hungarian origin (see 4 above compare 6 below). Slovenian and Croatian: from the Hungarian personal name Bence (see 4 above).

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022

Similar surnames: Bene, Bunce, Benke, Lence, Beck, Bench, Mente, Hence, Senne, Jenke

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You can see how Bence families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Bence family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Bence families were found in United Kingdom in 1891. In 1840 there were 6 Bence families living in Pennsylvania. This was about 30% of all the recorded Bence's in USA. Pennsylvania had the highest population of Bence families in 1840.
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What did your Bence ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Bence. 20% of Bence men worked as a Laborer and 16% of Bence women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Bence were Painter and Housekeeper. .

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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
  • Farmer
  • Salesman
  • Painter

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Housewife
  • Clerk
  • Clerical
  • Housekeeper
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Between 1955 and 2004, in the United States, Bence life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1956, and highest in 2001. The average life expectancy for Bence in 1955 was 50, and 82 in 2004.

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