Benner Family History

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Benner Name Meaning

South German: occupational name for a basket and bassinet maker, from an agent derivative of Middle High German benne ‘work basket’, ‘bassinet’, ‘cradle’. In some cases probably an altered spelling of German Bender. English (East Midlands): possibly a variant of Bender.

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

Similar surnames: Penner, Fenner, Brenner, Berner, Renner, Banner, Jenner, Denner

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Benner Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Benner name?

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

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


  • Eastern Europe & Russia


  • Norway


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Benner Family Origin

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Benner Family Occupations

What did your Benner ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, the most common Benner occupation in the USA was Farmer. 32% of Benner's were Farmers. A less common occupation for the Benner family was Carpenter. Farmer, Laborer and Keeping House were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Benner.

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  • Farmer

  • Laborer

  • Keeping House

  • Carpenter


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Benner Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 67,000 census records available for the last name Benner. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Benner 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 6,000 immigration records available for the last name Benner. 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 13,000 military records available for the last name Benner. For the veterans among your Benner ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Benner Life Expectancy

What is the average Benner lifespan?

Between 1944 and 2004, in the United States, Benner life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1952, and highest in 2002. The average life expectancy for Benner in 1944 was 51, and 72 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Benner 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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