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Bien Family History

Bien Name Meaning

Polish (Bien): from a short form of the personal names Benedykt (see Benedict) or Beniamin (see Benjamin). Jewish (eastern Ashkenazic): from a pet form of the personal name Beniamin (see Benjamin). Jewish (Ashkenazic): ornamental name from Yiddish bin ‘bee’, German Bien(e), or a metonymic occupational name for a beekeeper. German: from the dialect word Bien ‘bee’, hence a metonymic occupational name for a beekeeper or nickname for an industrious person. Vietnamese (Biên): unexplained.

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


Similar surnames: Bier, Wien, Lien, Oien, Been, Vien, Bies, Ben, Biel, Kinn

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Where is the Bien family from?

You can see how Bien families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Bien family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Bien families were found in the USA in 1920. In 1840 there was 1 Bien family living in Louisiana. This was about 50% of all the recorded Bien's in the USA. Louisiana and 1 other state had the highest population of Bien families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Bien surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Bien ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Clerk were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Bien. 17% of Bien men worked as a Laborer and 12% of Bien women worked as a Clerk. Some less common occupations for Americans named Bien were Salesman and Waitress.

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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

  • Laborer
    17%
  • Farmer
    11%
  • Clerk
    8%
  • Salesman
    7%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Clerk
    12%
  • New Worker
    12%
  • Stenographer
    10%
  • Waitress
    7%
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

There are 1,000 immigration records available for the last name Bien. 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 2,000 military records available for the last name Bien. For the veterans among your Bien ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Bien lifespan?

Between 1942 and 2004, in the United States, Bien life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 1966. The average life expectancy for Bien in 1942 was 35, and 69 in 2004.

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