Bethea Family History

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Bethea Name Meaning

Origin unidentified. Possibly an Anglicized variant of Welsh Bethel.

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

Similar surnames: Bethel, Betzen, Bethell, Pethel, Blethen, Betten, Ethen, Beyea, Betke

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Bethea Family Origin

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Bethea Family Occupations

What did your Bethea ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, Farmer, Farm Laborer and Laborer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Bethea. A less common occupation for the Bethea family was Works On Farm. The most common Bethea occupation in the USA was Farmer. 38% of Bethea's were Farmers.

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  • Farmer

  • Farm Laborer

  • Laborer

  • Works On Farm


Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Bethea ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Bethea Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 18,000 census records available for the last name Bethea. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Bethea 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 803 immigration records available for the last name Bethea. 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 5,000 military records available for the last name Bethea. For the veterans among your Bethea ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Bethea Life Expectancy

What is the average Bethea lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Bethea life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1954, and highest in 1998. The average life expectancy for Bethea in 1940 was 36, and 68 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Bethea 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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