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Benes Name Meaning

Czech and Slovak (Beneš): from a reduced form of the personal name Benedikt, Czech form of Benedict. This is one of the most common Czech family names, also well established elsewhere in central Europe.

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

Similar surnames: Bene, Benis, Benet, Benak, Benesh, Bones, Bines, Banes, Denes, Bess

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Where is the Benes family from?

You can see how Benes families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Benes family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1841 and 1920. The most Benes families were found in the USA in 1920. In 1880 there were 17 Benes families living in New York. This was about 23% of all the recorded Benes's in the USA. New York had the highest population of Benes families in 1880.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Benes surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Benes ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Stenographer were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Benes. 20% of Benes men worked as a Farmer and 10% of Benes women worked as a Stenographer. Some less common occupations for Americans named Benes were Machinist 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
  • Laborer
  • Salesman
  • Machinist

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Stenographer
  • Typist
  • Waitress
  • Maid
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Census Records

There are 7,000 census records available for the last name Benes. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Benes 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 3,000 immigration records available for the last name Benes. 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 2,000 military records available for the last name Benes. For the veterans among your Benes ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Benes lifespan?

Between 1955 and 2004, in the United States, Benes life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1957, and highest in 1998. The average life expectancy for Benes in 1955 was 48, and 82 in 2004.

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