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Bentham Name Meaning

English: habitational name from any of various places, for example in North Yorkshire and Gloucestershire, named Bentham, from Old English beonet ‘bent grass’ + ham ‘homestead’ or hamm ‘enclosure hemmed in by water’.

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

Similar surnames: Benham, Feltham, Denham, Beetham, Derham, Benthall, Braham, Burcham

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Where is the Bentham family from?

You can see how Bentham families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Bentham family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Bentham families were found in the UK in 1891. In 1840 there were 2 Bentham families living in South Carolina. This was about 67% of all the recorded Bentham's in the USA. South Carolina had the highest population of Bentham families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Bentham surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Bentham ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer was the top reported job for people in the US named Bentham. 15% of Bentham men worked as a Farmer.

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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
  • Farm Laborer
  • Clerk
  • Inspector
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Census Records

There are 29,000 census records available for the last name Bentham. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Bentham 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 2,000 immigration records available for the last name Bentham. 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 2,000 military records available for the last name Bentham. For the veterans among your Bentham ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Bentham lifespan?

Between 1946 and 2004, in the United States, Bentham life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1994, and highest in 1974. The average life expectancy for Bentham in 1946 was 50, and 77 in 2004.

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