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Bench Family History

Bench Name Meaning

English (West Midlands): of uncertain origin; perhaps a topographic name for someone who lived by a bank or raised piece of ground, Middle English benche (from Old English benc ‘bench’). This transferred sense of the word is not well attested, however, and some other sense of the word may be in question; perhaps one who sat on a bench in a hall, i.e. a retainer. Possibly an altered spelling of German Bensch.

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


Similar surnames: Beach, Winch, Rench, Bence, Lynch, Bunch, Leach, Belch, Bent, Bunce

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Where is the Bench family from?

You can see how Bench families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Bench family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Bench families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 8 Bench families living in Indiana. This was about 33% of all the recorded Bench's in the USA. Indiana had the highest population of Bench families in 1840.
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What did your Bench ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Bench. 24% of Bench men worked as a Farmer and 9% of Bench women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Bench were Farming and Maid.

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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
    24%
  • Laborer
    19%
  • Farm Laborer
    5%
  • Farming
    5%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housewife
    9%
  • Stenographer
    9%
  • Laborer
    8%
  • Maid
    8%
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Census Records

There are 26,000 census records available for the last name Bench. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Bench 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 Bench. 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 4,000 military records available for the last name Bench. For the veterans among your Bench ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Bench lifespan?

Between 1957 and 2004, in the United States, Bench life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1959, and highest in 2000. The average life expectancy for Bench in 1957 was 48, and 77 in 2004.

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