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Benedict Surname Meaning

English German and Dutch: from the personal name Benedict from Latin Benedictus ‘blessed’. This owed its popularity in the Middle Ages chiefly to Saint Benedict of Norcia (c. 480–550) who founded the Benedictine order of monks at Monte Cassino and wrote a monastic rule that formed a model for all subsequent rules. No doubt the meaning of the Latin word also contributed to its popularity as a personal name especially in Romance countries. Occasionally the English surname may derive from Latin benedicite ‘bless (you)’ perhaps given as a nickname to an habitual user of the expression. In North America the English form of the surname has absorbed the German variant Benedikt and many cognates from other languages e.g. Hungarian Benedek Slovenian Benedik (see Benedick ) and also their patronymics and other derivatives e.g. Italian Benedetti .

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


Similar surnames: Benedick, Benedetto, Benedix, Bendt, Benet, Bendick, Benito, Bendix

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You can see how Benedict families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Benedict family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Benedict families were found in USA in 1880. In 1891 there were 26 Benedict families living in London. This was about 35% of all the recorded Benedict's in United Kingdom. London had the highest population of Benedict families in 1891.
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What did your Benedict ancestors do for a living?

In 1939, Carpenter joiner and Unpaid Domestic Duties were the top reported jobs for men and women in the United Kingdom named Benedict. 50% of Benedict men worked as a Carpenter joiner and 91% of Benedict women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Benedict were Manufacturer Agent and Unpaid Domestic. .

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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 1939

  • Carpenter joiner
    50%
  • Manufacturer Agent
    50%

Top Female Occupations In 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
    91%
  • Unpaid Domestic
    10%
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Between 1944 and 2004, in the United States, Benedict life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1949, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Benedict in 1944 was 40, and 78 in 2004.

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