Been Family History

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Been Name Meaning

Dutch: nickname from been ‘leg’, probably a nickname for a cripple. Dutch: occupational name for a butcher. Dutch: from a short form of any of the various Germanic personal names beginning with the element Ber(n)- ‘bear’, as for example Bernhard. English: variant spelling of Bean.

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

Similar surnames: Beer, Bean, Bein, Bien, Behn, Benn, Geen, Bee, Keen, Deen

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Been Family Origin

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Been Family Occupations

What did your Been ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, the most common Been occupation in Canada was Shanty Man. 67% of Been's were Shanty Mans. Shanty Man and Factoray were the top 2 reported jobs worked by Been.

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  • Shanty Man

  • Factoray


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

Been Historical Records

What Been family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 10,000 census records available for the last name Been. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Been 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 2,000 immigration records available for the last name Been. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in Canada, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Card

There are 2,000 military records available for the last name Been. For the veterans among your Been ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Been Life Expectancy

What is the average Been lifespan?

Between 1957 and 2004, in the United States, Been life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1957, and highest in 1993. The average life expectancy for Been in 1957 was 37, and 75 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Been

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Been 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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