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Bene Name Meaning

Hungarian: from a short form of the personal name Benedek, Hungarian form of Benedict. Italian: from the personal name Bene, an omen name meaning ‘well’, ‘good’, or a short form of the various compound omen names beginning with this element, such as Benvenuto (meaning ‘welcome’) and Benenato (‘well born’). German: from a short form of Beneke.

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


Similar surnames: Bence, Bena, Benn, Benes, Ben, Benke, Beno, Bein, Bien, Benz

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Where is the Bene family from?

You can see how Bene families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Bene family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Bene families were found in the USA in 1920. In 1840 there were 2 Bene families living in Tennessee. This was about 25% of all the recorded Bene's in the USA. Tennessee had the highest population of Bene families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Bene surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Bene ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Maid were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Bene. 24% of Bene men worked as a Laborer and 17% of Bene women worked as a Maid. Some less common occupations for Americans named Bene were Machinist and Laborer.

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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
    24%
  • Farmer
    14%
  • Salesman
    9%
  • Machinist
    6%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Maid
    17%
  • Teacher
    14%
  • Operator
    11%
  • Laborer
    11%
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Census Records

There are 7,000 census records available for the last name Bene. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Bene 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 2,000 immigration records available for the last name Bene. 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 Bene. For the veterans among your Bene ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Bene lifespan?

Between 1963 and 2004, in the United States, Bene life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1982, and highest in 1985. The average life expectancy for Bene in 1963 was 73, and 71 in 2004.

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