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Benz Family History

Benz Name Meaning

South German: from a short form of the ancient Germanic personal name Berthold or to a lesser extent of Bernhard . This surname is also found in France (Alsace and Lorraine). Compare Bence and Bentz . Germanized or Americanized form of Czech Slovak Polish Slovenian and Croatian Benc (see Bentz ) a surname which is at least in part of German origin (see 1 above).

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022

Similar surnames: Benn, Enz, Lenz, Menz, Betz, Bene, Wenz, Denz, Bens, Benza

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Where is the Benz family from?

You can see how Benz families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Benz family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Benz families were found in USA in 1880. In 1840 there was 1 Benz family living in New York. This was 100% of all the recorded Benz's in USA. New York had the highest population of Benz families in 1840.
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What did your Benz ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Maid were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Benz. 13% of Benz men worked as a Farmer and 10% of Benz women worked as a Maid. Some less common occupations for Americans named Benz were Salesman and Teacher. .

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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
  • Laborer
  • Clerk
  • Salesman

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Maid
  • Stenographer
  • Clerk
  • Teacher
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Census Records

There are 23,000 census records available for the last name Benz. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Benz 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 7,000 immigration records available for the last name Benz. 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 Benz. For the veterans among your Benz ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Benz lifespan?

Between 1941 and 2004, in the United States, Benz life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1941, and highest in 1989. The average life expectancy for Benz in 1941 was 26, and 76 in 2004.

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