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Benn Family History

Benn Name Meaning

English: from the Middle English personal name Benne, which is in part a short form of Benedict and in part a form of the Old Norse personal name Bjorn meaning ‘bear cub’, ‘warrior’. North German: from a short form of the personal name Bernhard.

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


Similar surnames: Henn, Bene, Bean, Bein, Penn, Genn, Bann, Bern, Bena, Behn

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Where is the Benn family from?

You can see how Benn families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Benn family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Benn families were found in the UK in 1891. In 1840 there were 9 Benn families living in Pennsylvania. This was about 21% of all the recorded Benn's in the USA. Pennsylvania had the highest population of Benn families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Benn surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Benn ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Clerk were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Benn. 20% of Benn men worked as a Laborer and 11% of Benn women worked as a Clerk. Some less common occupations for Americans named Benn were Manager and Stenographer.

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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
    20%
  • Farmer
    14%
  • Salesman
    7%
  • Manager
    3%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Clerk
    11%
  • Bookkeeper
    8%
  • Housekeeper
    7%
  • Stenographer
    7%
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Census Records

There are 61,000 census records available for the last name Benn. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Benn 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 8,000 immigration records available for the last name Benn. 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 5,000 military records available for the last name Benn. For the veterans among your Benn ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Benn lifespan?

Between 1944 and 2004, in the United States, Benn life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 1995. The average life expectancy for Benn in 1944 was 28, and 69 in 2004.

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