Hamm Family History

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Hamm Name Meaning

English: topographic name from Old English hamm, denoting a patch of flat, low-lying alluvial land beside a stream (often a promontory or water meadow in a river bend), or a habitational name from any of numerous places named with this word, for example in Gloucestershire, Greater London, Kent, Somerset, and Wiltshire. German: topographic name for someone who lived on land in a river bend, Old High German ham (see 1 above). German and Jewish (Ashkenazic): habitational name from Hamm, a city in Westphalia.

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

Similar surnames: Ramm, Camm, Lamm, Hammer, Ham, Hamel, Hall, Hamme, Kamm, Baum

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Hamm Family Origin

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Hamm Family Occupations

What did your Hamm ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, the most common Hamm occupation in the UK was Pork Butcher. 14% of Hamm's were Pork Butchers. A less common occupation for the Hamm family was Carpenter. Pork Butcher, Broom Maker and Carman were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Hamm.

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  • Pork Butcher

  • Broom Maker

  • Carman

  • Carpenter


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

Hamm Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 70,000 census records available for the last name Hamm. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Hamm 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 9,000 immigration records available for the last name Hamm. 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 23,000 military records available for the last name Hamm. For the veterans among your Hamm ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Hamm Life Expectancy

What is the average Hamm lifespan?

Between 1944 and 2004, in the United States, Hamm life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1945, and highest in 2001. The average life expectancy for Hamm in 1944 was 35, and 73 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Hamm 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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