Bender families are Croats and they are mostly from east Herzegovina (Popovo polje). In the past century, relatively most of Croatian residents bearing this family name were born in Dubrovnik and in East Herzegovina (Trebinje area). In places Mišljen , Velja Međa and Ljubinje in East Herzegovina every third inhabitant had the family name Bender.
About 230 people with faimily name Bender live in Croatia today, in 80 households. There were 20 of them in the middle of the past century, and their number multiplied. They are located in 10 Croatian counties, in 11 cities and 23 other places, mostly in Dubrovnik (90), Mokosica (45), Zagreb (20), and in Cibaca (10) and Mlini (<10) in Dubrovnik area.