History of your Surname
Get access to Benney family records.Start a free trial

Benney Family History

Benney Name Meaning

English (Cornwall): from a Middle English personal name Ben(n)y a diminutive of Ben(n) a pet form of Benet (Benedict) + the hypocoristic suffix -y. See Benn 1 and Benedict .

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

Similar surnames: Berney, Benner, Tenney, Bennis, Bennie, Benne, Bunney, Bence, Bonner

Search for a relative to learn more about your family history.

Hint: Try searching for a relative alive in 1940.

Black & white image of a young woman scientist

Where is the Benney family from?

You can see how Benney families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Benney family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Benney families were found in United Kingdom in 1891. In 1840 there were 5 Benney families living in Pennsylvania. This was about 28% of all the recorded Benney's in USA. Pennsylvania had the highest population of Benney families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Benney surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Benney ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Clerk were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Benney. 26% of Benney men worked as a Laborer and 23% of Benney women worked as a Clerk. Some less common occupations for Americans named Benney were Labor and Housewife. .

View Census Data for Benney | Data not to scale

*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

  • Clerk
  • Housekeeper
  • Seamstress
  • Housewife
Black & white image of two construction labourers

What Benney family records will you find?

Census Records

There are 13,000 census records available for the last name Benney. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Benney census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

Search US census records for Benney

Passenger Lists

There are 1,000 immigration records available for the last name Benney. 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.

View all Benney immigration records

Draft Cards

There are 1,000 military records available for the last name Benney. For the veterans among your Benney ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

View all Benney military records

You've only scratched the surface of Benney family history

Discover More

What is the average Benney lifespan?

Between 1954 and 2004, in the United States, Benney life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1970, and highest in 1997. The average life expectancy for Benney in 1954 was 48, and 77 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Benney

Discover the unique achievements of ancestors in the Benney family tree

Explore Your Tree
Search for another surname
Start a 14-Day Free Trial