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Ben Name Meaning

Native American (mainly Navajo) and African American: adoption of the English personal name Ben (short form of Benjamin ) as a surname. Italian (also Del Ben): from a dialect form of the adverb bene ‘well’. This form without the preposition is found only in Belluno province in particular in Taibon Agordino. Indian (Gujarat): from Gujarati ben ‘sister’ from Sanskrit bhaginī a title often attached to their personal name by Gujarati women. It is not a true surname but is sometimes used as a surname by women who do not have a surname. Muslim: abstracted as a surname from Arabic ben ‘son of’ from ibn ‘son’. This word was used especially during the medieval period to form patronymics that then came to function like a surname. Chinese: Mandarin form of the surname 賁 meaning ‘rush’ in Chinese: (i) said to be traced back to the personal name Xian Ben Fu (縣賁父) a carriage drive during the reign of Duke Zhuang of Lu (706–662 BC). (ii) from the second element of Hu Ben (虎賁) the name of an official post in charge of guarding the king or the royal palace. (iii) from the first element of Ben Hun (賁渾) the name of a branch minority ethnic group in ancient western China.

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

Similar surnames: Bene, Bien, Wen, Ban, Bean, Bena, Boen, Benn, Ren, Bey

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You can see how Ben families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Ben family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Ben families were found in USA in 1920. In 1891 there were 41 Ben families living in London. This was about 22% of all the recorded Ben's in United Kingdom. London had the highest population of Ben families in 1891.
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What did your Ben ancestors do for a living?

In 1939, General Bricklayer and Unpaid Domestic Duties were the top reported jobs for men and women in the United Kingdom named Ben. 100% of Ben men worked as a General Bricklayer and 82% of Ben women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. .

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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

  • General Bricklayer

Top Female Occupations In 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
  • Unpaid Domestic Dut
  • Domestic Duties
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Passenger Lists

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Between 1950 and 2004, in the United States, Ben life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1961, and highest in 1968. The average life expectancy for Ben in 1950 was 57, and 68 in 2004.

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