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Bernsen Family History

Bernsen Name Meaning

North German Dutch Danish and Norwegian: patronymic from the personal name Bernt or Bernd (compare Berntsen ). Compare also Bernson and Bensen

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

Similar surnames: Berndsen, Berntsen, Bernson, Jensen, Berns, Bensen, Hermsen

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Where is the Bernsen family from?

You can see how Bernsen families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Bernsen family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1851 and 1920. The most Bernsen families were found in USA in 1920. In 1880 there were 3 Bernsen families living in Kansas. This was about 50% of all the recorded Bernsen's in USA. Kansas and 1 other state had the highest population of Bernsen families in 1880.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Bernsen surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Bernsen ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer was the top reported job for people in the USA named Bernsen. 40% of Bernsen 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
  • Laborer
  • Stock Clerk
  • Truck Driver
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Census Records

There are 1,000 census records available for the last name Bernsen. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Bernsen 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 462 immigration records available for the last name Bernsen. 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 288 military records available for the last name Bernsen. For the veterans among your Bernsen ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Bernsen lifespan?

Between 1958 and 2004, in the United States, Bernsen life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1960, and highest in 2001. The average life expectancy for Bernsen in 1958 was 60, and 72 in 2004.

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