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The BENSON surname in the USA

Frequency Comparisons
Total Rank Frequency % Per million people
United States
United States (Current snapshot) 84,233 332 0.031 312
United States (1880 census) 17,974 305 0.036 359
Change since 1880 +66259 -27 -0.005 -47
Other Countries
Australia 3,466 431 0.021 212
United Kingdom 12,259 477 0.027 267
Top States for BENSON by Total
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
California 7,236 431 0.021 214
Minnesota 5,271 37 0.107 1,071
Texas 4,959 492 0.024 238
Illinois 3,977 261 0.032 320
Florida 3,875 476 0.024 242
Top States for BENSON by Frequency
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
Minnesota 5,271 37 0.107 1,071
Delaware 672 127 0.086 858
South Dakota 553 70 0.073 733
North Dakota 456 82 0.071 710
Utah 1,443 131 0.065 646


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

Classification and Origin of BENSON

Region of origin: British Isles

Country of origin: England

Language of origin: English

Ethnic origin: English

Religious origin: Christian

Name derivation: From name of parent

Data for religion and/or language relates to the culture in which the BENSON 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 BENSON 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 BENSON in the USA

Classification Total Percent
Native American/Alaskan 623 0.74
Asian/Pacific 514 0.61
White (Caucasian) 67,370 79.98
Black/African American 13,182 15.65
Mixed Race 1,247 1.48
White (Hispanic) 1,306 1.55

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

Meaning of BENSON in historical publications

BENSON. See Benjamin. But De Benson is found in H.B.

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 BENSON

The following names have similar spellings or pronunciations as BENSON.

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 BENSON

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