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Origins of the Benson surname

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About the Bensons

We have a total number of 110172 records for people with the last name Benson.

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Where do most Bensons live?

In 1921, most Bensons lived in London.

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Interesting facts about Bensons

How common is your surname?

437th most common surname in the UK

We have 83,700 records for the Benson surname. The oldest one dates back to 1486.

Who were Bensons most likely to marry?




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What are the most common Benson first names?

  • John
  • William
  • Mary
  • Elizabeth

Our birth record sets tell us the names of Benson family members

Common jobs for Bensons

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

Common Female occupations for Bensons in 1921


Domestic Servant


General Servant Domestic


Cotton Weaver




Common Male occupations for Bensons in 1921


General Labourer


Agricultural Labourer


Coal Miner




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