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Benson Name Meaning

English: patronymic from the medieval personal name Benne, a pet form of Benedict (see Benn). English: habitational name from a place in Oxfordshire named Benson, from Old English Benesingtun ‘settlement (Old English tun) associated with Benesa’, a personal name of obscure origin, perhaps a derivative of Bana meaning ‘slayer’. Jewish (Ashkenazic): patronymic composed of a pet form of the personal name Beniamin (see Bien, Benjamin) + German Sohn ‘son’. Scandinavian: altered form of such names as Bengtsson, Bendtsen, patronymics from Bengt, Bendt, etc., Scandinavian forms of Benedict.

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

Similar surnames: Belson, Bensen, Benton, Benston, Bendon, Bernson, Brenton, Kelson

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Where is the Benson family from?

You can see how Benson families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Benson family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Benson families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 190 Benson families living in New York. This was about 19% of all the recorded Benson's in the USA. New York had the highest population of Benson families in 1840.
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What did your Benson ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Benson. 15% of Benson men worked as a Farmer and 6% of Benson women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Benson were Carpenter and Maid.

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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

  • Farmer
  • Laborer
  • Salesman
  • Carpenter

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housewife
  • Stenographer
  • Teacher
  • Maid
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Passenger Lists

There are 73,000 immigration records available for the last name Benson. 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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There are 91,000 military records available for the last name Benson. For the veterans among your Benson ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Benson lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Benson life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1941, and highest in 2000. The average life expectancy for Benson in 1940 was 42, and 75 in 2004.

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