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Benford Family History

Benford Name Meaning

English: habitational name from a lost or unidentified place, possibly somewhere in the East Midlands, where the name is most frequent today.

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

Similar surnames: Bedford, Binford, Belford, Bluford, Manford, Banford, Penfold

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Where is the Benford family from?

You can see how Benford families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Benford family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Benford families were found in United Kingdom in 1891. In 1840 there were 11 Benford families living in Pennsylvania. This was about 32% of all the recorded Benford's in USA. Pennsylvania had the highest population of Benford families in 1840.
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What did your Benford ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Maid were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Benford. 32% of Benford men worked as a Laborer and 23% of Benford women worked as a Maid. Some less common occupations for Americans named Benford were Labor 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
  • Labor

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Maid
  • Cook
  • Laundress
  • Housekeeper
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Census Records

There are 21,000 census records available for the last name Benford. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Benford 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 Benford. 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 Benford. For the veterans among your Benford ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Benford lifespan?

Between 1943 and 2004, in the United States, Benford life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1961, and highest in 1956. The average life expectancy for Benford in 1943 was 64, and 76 in 2004.

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