Bentley Family History

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Bentley Name Meaning

English: habitational name from any of various places, the chief of which are in Derbyshire, Essex, Hampshire, Shropshire, Staffordshire, Suffolk, Warwickshire, Worcestershire, and East and South Yorkshire. The place name is from Old English beonet ‘bent grass’ + leah ‘woodland clearing’. Probably an Americanized spelling of Swiss Bandle or Bandli or German Bentele, all short forms of the medieval personal name Pantaleon (see Pantaleo).

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


Similar surnames: Bentle, Betley, Henley, Hensley, Beckley, Bartley, Bensley, Cantley

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Bentley Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Bentley name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Bentley. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales

    54%

  • Ireland & Scotland

    18%

  • Germanic Europe

    7%

  • Norway

    3%

  • Sweden

    3%

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Bentley Family Origin

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Bentley Family Occupations

What did your Bentley ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, a less common occupation for the Bentley family was Farming. Farmer, Keeping House and Laborer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Bentley. The most common Bentley occupation in the USA was Farmer. 39% of Bentley's were Farmers.

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  • Farmer

    39%
  • Keeping House

    6%
  • Laborer

    6%
  • Farming

    3%

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Bentley Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 391,000 census records available for the last name Bentley. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Bentleycensus records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 32,000 immigration records available for the last name Bentley. 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 Card

There are 43,000 military records available for the last name Bentley. For the veterans among your Bentley ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Bentley Life Expectancy

What is the average Bentley lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Bentley life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1943, and highest in 1991. The average life expectancy for Bentley in 1940 was 28, and 73 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Bentley ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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