Benson Family History

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Benson Name Meaning

English: patronymic from the medieval personal name Benne, a pet form of Benedict (see Benn). English: habitational name from a place in Oxfordshire named Benson, from Old English Benesingtun ‘settlement (Old English tun) associated with Benesa’, a personal name of obscure origin, perhaps a derivative of Bana meaning ‘slayer’. Jewish (Ashkenazic): patronymic composed of a pet form of the personal name Beniamin (see Bien, Benjamin) + German Sohn ‘son’. Scandinavian: altered form of such names as Bengtsson, Bendtsen, patronymics from Bengt, Bendt, etc., Scandinavian forms of Benedict.

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

Similar surnames: Belson, Bensen, Benton, Benston, Bendon, Bernson, Brenton, Kelson

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Benson Family Origin

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Benson Family Occupations

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In 1881, a less common occupation for the Benson family was Coal Miner. Farmer, Agricultural Labourer and Labourer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Benson. The most common Benson occupation in the UK was Farmer. 4% of Benson's were Farmers.

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  • Farmer

  • Agricultural Labourer

  • Labourer

  • Coal Miner


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Benson Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 557,000 census records available for the last name Benson. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Benson 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 73,000 immigration records available for the last name Benson. 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 91,000 military records available for the last name Benson. For the veterans among your Benson ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Benson Life Expectancy

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Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Benson life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1941, and highest in 2000. The average life expectancy for Benson in 1940 was 42, and 75 in 2004.

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