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Bennis Name Meaning

Dutch: patronymic from a reduced form of the personal name Bernhard. English: patronymic from the personal name Benne (see Benn).

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

Similar surnames: Benis, Dennis, Bennie, Benns, Tennis, Benn, Kennis, Benzie, Beins

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Where is the Bennis family from?

You can see how Bennis families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Bennis family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Bennis families were found in the USA in 1920. In 1840 there were 3 Bennis families living in Massachusetts. This was about 43% of all the recorded Bennis's in the USA. Massachusetts had the highest population of Bennis families in 1840.
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What did your Bennis ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Teacher were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Bennis. 16% of Bennis men worked as a Laborer and 11% of Bennis women worked as a Teacher. Some less common occupations for Americans named Bennis were Clerk and Secretary.

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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
  • Salesman
  • Farmer
  • Clerk

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Teacher
  • Housekeeper
  • Housewife
  • Secretary
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

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

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What is the average Bennis lifespan?

Between 1943 and 2004, in the United States, Bennis life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1962, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Bennis in 1943 was 45, and 83 in 2004.

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