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Benton Name Meaning

English: habitational name from a pair of villages in Northumbria named with Old English bean ‘beans’ (a collective singular) or beonet ‘bent grass’ + tun ‘enclosure’, ‘settlement’. The name is now most frequent in the West Midlands, however, so it may be that a place of the same name in that area should be sought as its origin.

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


Similar surnames: Banton, Henton, Kenton, Benson, Denton, Lenton, Fenton, Belton

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Where is the Benton family from?

You can see how Benton families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Benton family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Benton families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1911 there were 109 Benton families living in Ontario. This was about 48% of all the recorded Benton's in Canada. Ontario had the highest population of Benton families in 1911.
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What did your Benton ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Farmer and Income were the top reported jobs for men and women in the CA named Benton. 46% of Benton men worked as a Farmer and 25% of Benton women worked as an Income. Some less common occupations for Americans named Benton were Clerk 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
    46%
  • Carpenter
    11%
  • Labourer
    10%
  • Clerk
    7%

Top Female Occupations in 1921

  • Income
    25%
  • Farmer
    25%
  • Clerk
    25%
  • Housekeeper
    25%
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

There are 15,000 immigration records available for the last name Benton. 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 44,000 military records available for the last name Benton. For the veterans among your Benton ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Benton lifespan?

Between 1942 and 2004, in the United States, Benton life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 2000. The average life expectancy for Benton in 1942 was 46, and 72 in 2004.

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