Ham Name Meaning

English (mainly southwestern England): variant spelling of Hamm. French: habitational name from any of the various places in northern France (Ardennes, Pas-de-Calais, Somme, Moselle) named with the Germanic word ham ‘meadow in the bend of a river’, ‘water meadow’, ‘flood plain’. Dutch: variant of Hamme. Korean: there is only one Chinese character for the Ham surname. Some sources report that there are sixty different Ham clans, but only the Kangnung Ham clan can be documented. Although some records have been lost and a few generations are unaccounted for, it is known that the founding ancestor of the Ham clan is Ham Kyu, a Koryo general who fought against the Mongol invaders in the thirteenth century. His ancestor, Ham Hyok, was a Tang Chinese general who stayed in Korea after Tang China helped Shilla unify the peninsula during the seventh century. Another of Ham Hyok’s ancestors, Ham Shin, accompanied Kim Chu-won, the founding ancestor of the Kangnung Kim family, to the Kangnung area, and hence the Ham clan became the Kangnung Ham clan. The first prominent ancestor from Kangnung whose genealogy can be verified is Ham Kyu, the Koryo general. Accordingly, he is regarded as the Kangnung Ham clan’s founding ancestor.

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


Similar surnames: Han, Ha, Nam, Hay, Hamm, Sham, Ram, Kam, Sam, Cham

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Ham Ethnicity Estimate

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  • England & Wales

    53%

  • Ireland & Scotland

    18%

  • Germanic Europe

    7%

  • Norway

    3%

  • Sweden

    3%

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Ham Family Origin

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Ham Family Occupations

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In 1881, the most common Ham occupation in the UK was Farmer. 8% of Ham's were Farmers. Farmer, Agricultural Labourer and Carpenter were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Ham. A less common occupation for the Ham family was Labourer.

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  • Farmer

    8%
  • Agricultural Labourer

    4%
  • Carpenter

    3%
  • Labourer

    3%

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Ham Historical Records

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Ham Life Expectancy

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Between 1944 and 2004, in the United States, Ham life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1949, and highest in 2000. The average life expectancy for Ham in 1944 was 36, and 74 in 2004.

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