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Bentley Name Meaning

English: habitational name from any of various places the chief of which are in Derbyshire Essex Hampshire Shropshire Staffordshire Suffolk Warwickshire Worcestershire and East and South Yorkshire. The placename is from Old English beonet ‘bent grass’ + lēah ‘woodland clearing’. In some cases also an Americanized form of South German Bentele or of its Swiss German or South German cognates Bandle and Bandli.

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


Similar surnames: Bentle, Betley, Henley, Hensley, Beckley, Bartley, Bensley, Cantley

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Where is the Bentley family from?

You can see how Bentley families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Bentley family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Bentley families were found in United Kingdom in 1891. In 1911 there were 244 Bentley families living in Ontario. This was about 46% of all the recorded Bentley's in Canada. Ontario had the highest population of Bentley families in 1911.
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What did your Bentley ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Farmer and Stenographer were the top reported jobs for men and women in the Canada named Bentley. 42% of Bentley men worked as a Farmer and 15% of Bentley women worked as a Stenographer. Some less common occupations for Americans named Bentley were Carpenter and 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
    42%
  • Labourer
    10%
  • Laborer
    6%
  • Carpenter
    4%

Top Female Occupations In 1921

  • Stenographer
    15%
  • Nurse
    11%
  • Clerk
    11%
  • Housekeeper
    9%
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Census Records

There are 391,000 census records available for the last name Bentley. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Bentley 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 32,000 immigration records available for the last name Bentley. 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 43,000 military records available for the last name Bentley. For the veterans among your Bentley ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Bentley lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Bentley life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1943, and highest in 1991. The average life expectancy for Bentley in 1940 was 28, and 73 in 2004.

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