Burnham Family History

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Burnham Name Meaning

English: habitational name from any of several places called Burnham. Those in Buckinghamshire (Burnham Beeches), Norfolk (various villages), and Essex (Burnham-on-Crouch) are named with Old English burna ‘stream’ + ham ‘homestead’. In the case of Burnham-on-Sea in Somerset, however, the second element is Old English hamm ‘water meadow’, while Burnham in Lincolnshire is named from brunnum, dative plural of Old Norse brunnr ‘spring’, originally used after a preposition, i.e. ‘(at) the springs’.

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

Similar surnames: Burcham, Turnham, Burham, Dunham, Farnham, Barham, Braham, Branham

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Burnham Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Burnham name?

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

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


  • France


  • Norway


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Burnham Family Origin

Where is the Burnham family from?

Burnham Family Occupations

What did your Burnham ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, the most common Burnham occupation in the UK was Agricultural Labourer. 7% of Burnham's were Agricultural Labourers. Agricultural Labourer, Coal Miner and Farmer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Burnham. A less common occupation for the Burnham family was Labourer.

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  • Agricultural Labourer

  • Coal Miner

  • Farmer

  • Labourer


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

Burnham Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 141,000 census records available for the last name Burnham. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Burnham 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 12,000 immigration records available for the last name Burnham. 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 30,000 military records available for the last name Burnham. For the veterans among your Burnham ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Burnham Life Expectancy

What is the average Burnham lifespan?

Between 1941 and 2004, in the United States, Burnham life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1947, and highest in 2002. The average life expectancy for Burnham in 1941 was 58, and 76 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Burnham

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Burnham 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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