Bender Family History

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Bender Name Meaning

German: occupational name for a cooper, a short form of Fassbender. English: from an agent derivative of Old English bendan ‘to bend (the bow)’, hence probably a metonymic occupational name for an archer. Compare Benbow. Hungarian: from bender ‘curl’, hence a nickname for someone with curly hair.

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

Similar surnames: Render, Kender, Blender, Benner, Pender, Binder, Bendel, Bander

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Bender Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Bender name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Bender. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales


  • Germanic Europe


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Eastern Europe & Russia


  • European Jewish


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Bender Family Origin

Where is the Bender family from?

Bender Family Occupations

What did your Bender ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, a less common occupation for the Bender family was Carpenter. The most common Bender occupation in the USA was Farmer. 30% of Bender's were Farmers. Farmer, Laborer and Keeping House were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Bender.

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  • Farmer

  • Laborer

  • Keeping House

  • Carpenter


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Bender Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 182,000 census records available for the last name Bender. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Bender census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 24,000 immigration records available for the last name Bender. 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 Card

There are 44,000 military records available for the last name Bender. For the veterans among your Bender ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Bender Life Expectancy

What is the average Bender lifespan?

Between 1944 and 2004, in the United States, Bender life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 1999. The average life expectancy for Bender in 1944 was 25, and 75 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Bender ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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