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Benke Name Meaning

German: shortened form of Beneke . Germanized form of Sorbian B'enk B'enka and B'enko: from a pet form of the personal name Benedikt (see Benedict ) Bernat (see Bernard ) or Old Sorbian Benisław. Hungarian: from a pet form of the personal name Benedek (see Benedict ).

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


Similar surnames: Benko, Bence, Bene, Lenke, Denke, Jenke, Henke, Berke, Behnke, Betke

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Where is the Benke family from?

You can see how Benke families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Benke family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Benke families were found in USA in 1920. In 1911 there were 19 Benke families living in Ontario. This was about 63% of all the recorded Benke's in Canada. Ontario had the highest population of Benke families in 1911.
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What did your Benke ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Farmer and Housekeeper were the top reported jobs for men and women in the Canada named Benke. 40% of Benke men worked as a Farmer and 100% of Benke women worked as a Housekeeper. .

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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 1921

  • Farmer
    40%
  • Student
    20%
  • Labourer
    14%
  • Mechanic
    14%

Top Female Occupations In 1921

  • Housekeeper
    100%
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Census Records

There are 10,000 census records available for the last name Benke. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Benke census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger Lists

There are 2,000 immigration records available for the last name Benke. 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 Cards

There are 1,000 military records available for the last name Benke. For the veterans among your Benke ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Benke lifespan?

Between 1963 and 2004, in the United States, Benke life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1981, and highest in 1968. The average life expectancy for Benke in 1963 was 73, and 82 in 2004.

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