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Bent Family History

Bent Name Meaning

English: topographic name for someone who lived on a patch of land on which grew bent grass, rushes, or reeds (Middle English bent).

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

Similar surnames: Brent, Kent, Best, Gent, Went, Dent, Belt, Benn, Bunt, Pont

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Where is the Bent family from?

You can see how Bent families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Bent family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Bent families were found in United Kingdom in 1891. In 1840 there were 52 Bent families living in Massachusetts. This was about 42% of all the recorded Bent's in USA. Massachusetts had the highest population of Bent families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Bent surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Bent ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Clerk were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Bent. 15% of Bent men worked as a Laborer and 8% of Bent women worked as a Clerk. Some less common occupations for Americans named Bent were Truck Driver and Waitress. .

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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
  • Farmer
  • Salesman
  • Truck Driver

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Clerk
  • Teacher
  • Bookkeeper
  • Waitress
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Census Records

There are 71,000 census records available for the last name Bent. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Bent 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 10,000 immigration records available for the last name Bent. 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 9,000 military records available for the last name Bent. For the veterans among your Bent ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Bent lifespan?

Between 1945 and 2004, in the United States, Bent life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1945, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Bent in 1945 was 25, and 79 in 2004.

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