Barnum Family History

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Barnum Name Meaning

English: habitational name from any of various places called Barnham, for example in Norfolk, Suffolk, and West Sussex. They are probably all named with the Old English byname Beorn(a) (see Barnes 2) or Old English beorn ‘warrior’ + ham ‘homestead’.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press

Similar surnames: Barham, Barnes, Borum, Harcum, Barney, Varnum, Baum, Narum, Marum

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Barnum Family Origin

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Barnum Family Occupations

What did your Barnum ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Stenographer were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Barnum. 17% of Barnum men worked as a Farmer and 10% of Barnum women worked as a Stenographer. Some less common occupations for Americans named Barnum were Truck Driver and Housekeeper

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Top Male Occupations in 1940

  • Farmer
  • Laborer
  • Salesman
  • Truck Driver

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Stenographer
  • Teacher
  • Housewife
  • Housekeeper

*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Barnum Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 42,000 census records available for the last name Barnum. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Barnum census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 2,000 immigration records available for the last name Barnum. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the UK, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Card

There are 11,000 military records available for the last name Barnum. For the veterans among your Barnum ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Barnum Life Expectancy

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Between 1945 and 2004, in the United States, Barnum life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1953, and highest in 2001. The average life expectancy for Barnum in 1945 was 43, and 77 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Barnum ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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