Benning Family History

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Benning Name Meaning

North German: patronymic from a short form of the personal name Bernhard or its variant Benno.

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

Similar surnames: Wenning, Beining, Penning, Henning, Jenning, Denning, Banning

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Benning Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Benning name?

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

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  • England & Wales


  • Germanic Europe


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Eastern Europe & Russia


  • Sweden


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Benning Family Origin

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Benning Family Occupations

What did your Benning ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, a less common occupation for the Benning family was Lace Maker. The most common Benning occupation in the UK was Farmer. 5% of Benning's were Farmers. Farmer, Labourer and Hay Binder (Ag Lab) were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Benning.

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  • Farmer

  • Labourer

  • Hay Binder (Ag Lab)

  • Lace Maker


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

Benning Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 28,000 census records available for the last name Benning. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Benning 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 3,000 immigration records available for the last name Benning. 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 6,000 military records available for the last name Benning. For the veterans among your Benning ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Benning Life Expectancy

What is the average Benning lifespan?

Between 1950 and 2004, in the United States, Benning life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1950, and highest in 1997. The average life expectancy for Benning in 1950 was 42, and 79 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Benning

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Benning 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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