Bench Family History

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Bench Name Meaning

English (West Midlands): of uncertain origin; perhaps a topographic name for someone who lived by a bank or raised piece of ground, Middle English benche (from Old English benc ‘bench’). This transferred sense of the word is not well attested, however, and some other sense of the word may be in question; perhaps one who sat on a bench in a hall, i.e. a retainer. Possibly an altered spelling of German Bensch.

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

Similar surnames: Beach, Winch, Rench, Bence, Lynch, Bunch, Leach, Belch, Bent, Bunce

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Bench Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Bench name?

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

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Norway


  • Germanic Europe


  • Sweden


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Bench Family Origin

Where is the Bench family from?

Bench Family Occupations

What did your Bench ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, the most common Bench occupation in the UK was Labourer. 5% of Bench's were Labourers. Labourer, Bricklayer and Agricultural Labourer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Bench. A less common occupation for the Bench family was Blacksmith.

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  • Labourer

  • Bricklayer

  • Agricultural Labourer

  • Blacksmith


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

Bench Historical Records

What Bench family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 26,000 census records available for the last name Bench. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Bench 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 1,000 immigration records available for the last name Bench. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the UK, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Card

There are 4,000 military records available for the last name Bench. For the veterans among your Bench ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Bench Life Expectancy

What is the average Bench lifespan?

Between 1957 and 2004, in the United States, Bench life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1959, and highest in 2000. The average life expectancy for Bench in 1957 was 48, and 77 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Bench 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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