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Bennington Name Meaning

English: habitational name from either of two places called Benington, in Hertfordshire and Lincolnshire, or from Long Bennington in Lincolnshire. The first is recorded in Domesday Book as Benintone ‘farmstead or settlement (Old English tun) by the Beane river’; both Lincolnshire names are derived from the Old English personal name Beonna + -ing-, a connective particle denoting association, + tun.

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


Similar surnames: Kennington, Pennington, Dennington, Henington, Bevington, Cunnington

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Where is the Bennington family from?

You can see how Bennington families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Bennington family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Bennington families were found in the UK in 1891. In 1840 there were 10 Bennington families living in Ohio. This was about 26% of all the recorded Bennington's in the USA. Ohio had the highest population of Bennington families in 1840.
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What did your Bennington ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Stenographer were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Bennington. 20% of Bennington men worked as a Laborer and 12% of Bennington women worked as a Stenographer. Some less common occupations for Americans named Bennington were Salesman and Teacher.

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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
    19%
  • Farm Laborer
    7%
  • Salesman
    6%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Stenographer
    12%
  • Housekeeper
    10%
  • Waitress
    8%
  • Teacher
    8%
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Passenger Lists

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What is the average Bennington lifespan?

Between 1949 and 2004, in the United States, Bennington life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1957, and highest in 1958. The average life expectancy for Bennington in 1949 was 48, and 75 in 2004.

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