Ben Name Meaning

Muslim: abstracted as a surname from Arabic ben ‘son of’, as in Bensoussan. This is quite commonly used as a surname among Muslims living in France. Italian (also Del Ben): from a dialect form of 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 bhagini, a title often attached to their given name by Gujarati women. It is not a true family name, but is sometimes used as a last name by women who do not have a surname.

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

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

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Ben Family Occupations

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In 1881, Farmers Son, Farmer and Farmer And Store Keepter were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Ben. The most common Ben occupation in Canada was Farmers Son. 30% of Ben's were Farmers Sons. A less common occupation for the Ben family was Going To School.

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  • Farmers Son

  • Farmer

  • Farmer And Store Keepter

  • Going To School


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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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