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 Family Origin

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Beam Family Occupations

What did your Beam ancestors do for a living?

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

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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

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Census Record

There are 3,000 census records available for the last name Beam. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Beam 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 642 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 1,000 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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