Benton Family History

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Benton Name Meaning

English: habitational name from a pair of villages in Northumbria named with Old English bean ‘beans’ (a collective singular) or beonet ‘bent grass’ + tun ‘enclosure’, ‘settlement’. The name is now most frequent in the West Midlands, however, so it may be that a place of the same name in that area should be sought as its origin.

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

Similar surnames: Banton, Henton, Kenton, Benson, Denton, Lenton, Fenton, Belton

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Benton Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Benton name?

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

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


  • Cameroon, Congo, & Southern Bantu Peoples


  • Benin/Togo


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Benton Family Origin

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Benton Family Occupations

What did your Benton ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, the most common Benton occupation in the USA was Farmer. 43% of Benton's were Farmers. Farmer, Laborer and Keeping House were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Benton. A less common occupation for the Benton family was Farming.

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  • Farmer

  • Laborer

  • Keeping House

  • Farming


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Benton Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 223,000 census records available for the last name Benton. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Benton census 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 15,000 immigration records available for the last name Benton. 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 44,000 military records available for the last name Benton. For the veterans among your Benton ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Benton Life Expectancy

What is the average Benton lifespan?

Between 1942 and 2004, in the United States, Benton life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 2000. The average life expectancy for Benton in 1942 was 46, and 72 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Benton 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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