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Bens Family History

Bens Name Meaning

Dutch and North German: patronymic from a short form of Bernhard.

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


Similar surnames: Berns, Beins, Sens, Benn, Benz, Bene, Jens, Bess, Beus, Boers

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Where is the Bens family from?

You can see how Bens families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Bens family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Bens families were found in the USA in 1920. In 1840 there were 5 Bens families living in New York. This was about 63% of all the recorded Bens's in the USA. New York had the highest population of Bens families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Bens surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Bens ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Laborer were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Bens. 43% of Bens men worked as a Laborer and 13% of Bens women worked as a Laborer. Some less common occupations for Americans named Bens were Farmer and House Work.

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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
    43%
  • Machinist
    8%
  • Clerk
    7%
  • Farmer
    7%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Laborer
    13%
  • Housekeeper
    13%
  • Maid
    10%
  • House Work
    10%
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Census Records

There are 5,000 census records available for the last name Bens. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Bens 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 1,000 immigration records available for the last name Bens. 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 Bens. For the veterans among your Bens ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Bens lifespan?

Between 1963 and 2003, in the United States, Bens life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1976, and highest in 1983. The average life expectancy for Bens in 1963 was 64, and 85 in 2003.

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