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Origins of the Bennett surname

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What does the name Bennett mean?

Bennett is an English surname with Anglo-Norman roots, found in records as early as the 1200s and thought to mostly have a patronymic origin. It refers to someone who was the son or descendant of a person named Benedict. Bennett is the English version of the Norman name 'Benet'. Some have hypothesised the surname Bennett may also have come from the Old English 'beonet' (bent-grass), and refer to somebody who lived at or near a bent-grass covered moor.

Alternative variations of the name Bennett

Bennett, Bennet, Benet, Benett, Benitt

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Where do most Bennetts live?

In 1921, most Bennetts lived in London.

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Interesting facts about Bennetts

How common is your surname?

55th most common surname in the UK

We have 510,000 records for the Bennett surname. The oldest one dates back to 1220.

Who were Bennetts most likely to marry?




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What are the most common Bennett first names?

  • John
  • William
  • Mary
  • Elizabeth

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Common jobs for Bennetts

Men and women often performed different types of jobs, so these are displayed by gender to maintain their historical accuracy.

Common Female occupations for Bennetts in 1921




Domestic Servant


General Servant Domestic


Cotton Weaver


Common Male occupations for Bennetts in 1921
Agricultural Labourer


General Labourer


Coal Miner






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