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Benston Name Meaning

Origin uncertain. This has the form of an English habitational name, and there are places in Shetland and Strathclyde named Benston which could have given rise to the surname; however, the surname is rare in the British Isles. It could perhaps be a variant of Benson 2; alternatively, it may be an Americanized form of an original in some other language.

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


Similar surnames: Benson, Benton, Beaston, Banton, Henton, Fenton, Leston, Lenton

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Where is the Benston family from?

You can see how Benston families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Benston family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Benston families were found in USA in 1920. In 1840 there were 4 Benston families living in Virginia. This was about 50% of all the recorded Benston's in USA. Virginia had the highest population of Benston families in 1840.
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What did your Benston ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Domestic were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Benston. 27% of Benston men worked as a Laborer and 31% of Benston women worked as a Domestic. Some less common occupations for Americans named Benston were Salesman and Housekeeper. .

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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
    27%
  • Farmer
    20%
  • Painter
    17%
  • Salesman
    14%

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Domestic
    31%
  • Waitress
    24%
  • Housewife
    16%
  • Housekeeper
    16%
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

There are 574 immigration records available for the last name Benston. 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 416 military records available for the last name Benston. For the veterans among your Benston ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Benston lifespan?

Between 1955 and 2004, in the United States, Benston life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1981, and highest in 1988. The average life expectancy for Benston in 1955 was 54, and 54 in 2004.

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