Beam Family History

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Beam Name Meaning

English: from Old English beam ‘beam’, ‘post’, a term with various applications. It denoted the beam of a loom and was therefore in some cases a metonymic occupational name for a weaver. In others it was a topographic name for someone who lived by a post or tree, or by a footbridge made from a tree trunk. Americanized form of German Boehm, or sometimes of Baum.

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


Similar surnames: Beal, Bean, Bear, Baum, Beck, Best, Bream, Behm, Byam, Bram

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Beam Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Beam name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Beam. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales

    54%

  • Ireland & Scotland

    19%

  • Germanic Europe

    11%

  • Norway

    3%

  • Sweden

    2%

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Beam Family Origin

Where is the Beam family from?

Beam Family Occupations

What did your Beam ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, Ag Labour, Bookkeepers Widow and Bookseller were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Beam. A less common occupation for the Beam family was Bootmaker. The most common Beam occupation in the UK was Ag Labour. 5% of Beam's were Ag Labours.

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  • Ag Labour

    5%
  • Bookkeepers Widow

    5%
  • Bookseller

    5%
  • Bootmaker

    5%

Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Beam ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Beam Historical Records

What Beam family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 63,000 census records available for the last name Beam. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Beamcensus 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 3,000 immigration records available for the last name Beam. 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 15,000 military records available for the last name Beam. For the veterans among your Beam ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Beam Life Expectancy

What is the average Beam lifespan?

Between 1942 and 2004, in the United States, Beam life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1953, and highest in 1983. The average life expectancy for Beam in 1942 was 34, and 76 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Beam

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Beam 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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