Bethune Family History

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Bethune Name Meaning

French (Béthune) and Scottish (of Norman origin): habitational name from Béthune in Pas-de-Calais, Picardy, France, recorded in the 8th century in the Latin form Bitunia, probably an adjective (with villa understood) derived from the oblique form of a Germanic personal name Betto, a hypocoristic formation. Compare Bettencourt, Beaton.

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

Similar surnames: Beth, Bethany, Thune, Bethke, Terhune, Bethel, Beshore, Thun, Behnke

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Bethune Family Origin

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Bethune Family Occupations

What did your Bethune ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, the most common Bethune occupation in the UK was Crofter. 9% of Bethune's were Crofters. A less common occupation for the Bethune family was Mason . Crofter, Farmer and Labourer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Bethune.

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  • Crofter

  • Farmer

  • Labourer

  • Mason


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

Bethune Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 23,000 census records available for the last name Bethune. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Bethune 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 4,000 immigration records available for the last name Bethune. 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 5,000 military records available for the last name Bethune. For the veterans among your Bethune ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Bethune Life Expectancy

What is the average Bethune lifespan?

Between 1945 and 2004, in the United States, Bethune life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1951, and highest in 2001. The average life expectancy for Bethune in 1945 was 42, and 74 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Bethune 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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