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Benner Name Meaning

South German: occupational name for a basket and bassinet maker, from an agent derivative of Middle High German benne ‘work basket’, ‘bassinet’, ‘cradle’. In some cases probably an altered spelling of German Bender. English (East Midlands): possibly a variant of Bender.

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


Similar surnames: Penner, Fenner, Brenner, Berner, Renner, Banner, Jenner, Denner

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Where is the Benner family from?

You can see how Benner families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Benner family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Benner families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1911 there were 221 Benner families living in Ontario. This was about 72% of all the recorded Benner's in Canada. Ontario had the highest population of Benner families in 1911.
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What did your Benner ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Farmer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the CA named Benner. 51% of Benner men worked as a Farmer and 60% of Benner women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Benner were Machinist and Couturire.

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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
    51%
  • Labourer
    14%
  • Farmers Son
    6%
  • Machinist
    4%

Top Female Occupations in 1921

  • Housewife
    60%
  • Couturire
    40%
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

There are 6,000 immigration records available for the last name Benner. 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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There are 13,000 military records available for the last name Benner. For the veterans among your Benner ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Benner lifespan?

Between 1944 and 2004, in the United States, Benner life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1952, and highest in 2002. The average life expectancy for Benner in 1944 was 51, and 72 in 2004.

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