Dunham Family History

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Dunham Name Meaning

English (chiefly Norfolk): habitational name from any of several places called Dunham, of which one is in Norfolk. Most are named from Old English dun ‘hill’ + ham ‘homestead’. A place in Lincolnshire now known as Dunholme appears in Domesday Book as Duneham and this too may be a source of the surname; here the first element is probably the Old English personal name Dunna.

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

Similar surnames: Denham, Durham, Burnham, Downham, Derham, Winham, Benham, Canham

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Dunham Family Origin

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Dunham Family Occupations

What did your Dunham ancestors do for a living?

In 1939, General Labourer and Unpaid Domestic Duties were the top reported jobs for men and women in the UK named Dunham. 3% of Dunham men worked as a General Labourer and 49% of Dunham women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Dunham were Railway Clerk and Domestic Servant

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Top Male Occupations in 1939

  • General Labourer
  • Farm Labourer
  • Retired
  • Railway Clerk

Top Female Occupations in 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
  • Unpaid Domestic
  • Housewife
  • Domestic Servant

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

Dunham Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 175,000 census records available for the last name Dunham. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Dunham 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 Dunham. 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 29,000 military records available for the last name Dunham. For the veterans among your Dunham ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Dunham Life Expectancy

What is the average Dunham lifespan?

Between 1943 and 2004, in the United States, Dunham life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1943, and highest in 1998. The average life expectancy for Dunham in 1943 was 24, and 76 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Dunham

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Dunham 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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