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The BENSLEY surname in the USA

Frequency Comparisons
Total Rank Frequency % Per million people
United States
United States (Current snapshot) 821 27618 0.000 3
United States (1880 census) 281 15014 0.001 6
Change since 1880 +540 -12604 -0.001 -3
Other Countries
Australia 338 4671 0.002 21
United Kingdom 669 7150 0.001 15
Top States for BENSLEY by Total
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
New York 128 15147 0.001 7
Pennsylvania 63 22791 0.001 5
Iowa 47 9972 0.002 16
Michigan 43 29075 0.000 4
California 43 49612 0.000 1
Top States for BENSLEY by Frequency
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
Wyoming 12 5941 0.002 24
Iowa 47 9972 0.002 16
Vermont 7 10746 0.001 11
New York 128 15147 0.001 7
Idaho 8 18264 0.001 6


'A figure of zero indicates that we don't have data for this name (usually because it's quite uncommon and our stats don't go down that far). It doesn't mean that there's no-one with that name at all!

For less common surnames, the figures get progressively less reliable the fewer holders of that name there are. This data is aggregated from several public lists, and some stats are interpolated from known values. The margin of error is well over 100% at the rarest end of the table!

For less common surnames, the frequency and "per million" values may be 0 even though there are people with that name. That's because they represent less than one in a million of the population, which ends up as 0 after rounding.

It's possible for a surname to gain in rank and/or total while being less common per million people (or vice versa) as there are now more surnames in the USA as a result of immigration. In mathematical terms, the tail has got longer, with a far larger number of less common surnames.

Figures for top states show firstly the states where most people called BENSLEY live. This obviously tends to be biased towards the most populous states. The second set of figures show where people called BENSLEY represent the biggest proportion of the population. So, in this case, there are more people called BENSLEY in New York than any other state, but you are more likely to find a BENSLEY by picking someone at random in Wyoming than anywhere else.

Classification and Origin of BENSLEY

Region of origin: British Isles

Country of origin: England

Language of origin: English

Ethnic origin: English

Religious origin: Christian

Name derivation: Location or Geographical Feature

Data for religion and/or language relates to the culture in which the BENSLEY surname originated. It does not necessarily have any correlation with the language spoken, or religion practised, by the majority of current American citizens with that name.

Data for ethnic origin relates to the region and country in which the BENSLEY surname originated. It does not necessarily have any correlation with the ethnicity of the majority of current American citizens with that name.

Ethnic distribution of BENSLEY in the USA

Classification Total Percent
White (Caucasian) 762 92.81
Black/African American 32 3.9
White (Hispanic) 13 1.58
Mixed Race 5 0.61
Asian/Pacific Less than 100 Insignificant
Native American/Alaskan Less than 100 Insignificant

Ethnic distribution data shows the number and percentage of people with the BENSLEY surname who reported their ethnic background as being in these broad categories in the most recent national census.

Meaning of BENSLEY in historical publications

BENSLEY. Most persons of the name trace back to Norfolk and Suffolk, and there is a tradition of Danish descent. The name is certainly found in Sweden. The celebrated Benzelius, Archbishop of Upsal, derived his surname from the village of Benzely near that city. (V. Gorton and Watkins). In Domesd. we have a Benzelinus, apparently a follower of the Conqueror, and as the forms Benesle, Bensle}Ti, &c., are used incUscriminately, there is little doubt of these names coming from a common Scandinavian source. The name is found in 28 forms of spelling. Inf. T. Bensley, Esq.

Lower, Mark A (1860) Patronymica Britannica: a dictionary of the family names of the United Kingdom. London: J.R. Smith. Public Domain.

Similar names to BENSLEY

The following names have similar spellings or pronunciations as BENSLEY.

This does not necessarily imply a direct relationship between the names, but may indicate names that could be mistaken for this one when written down or misheard.

Matches are generated automatically by a combination of Soundex, Metaphone and Levenshtein matching.

Potential typos for BENSLEY

The following words are slight variants of BENSLEY that are likely to be possible typos or misspellings in written material.