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Kalm Family History

Kalm Surname Meaning

German: habitational name from a place called Kalme near Brunswick (Braunschweig) in Lower Saxony. Swedish: probably from the placename element kalm ‘mound of stones’ (found in the name of the town of Kalmar). This surname is also found in Finland. Estonian: arbitrary surname from kalm ‘unchristian burial site tumulus’ or from a homonymous word meaning ‘calamus’ (compare Kalmus ).

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022

Similar surnames: Kall, Kale, Kulm, Alm, Kolm, Palm, Galm, Kalk, Kelm, Kam

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Where is the Kalm family from?

You can see how Kalm families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Kalm family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1861 and 1920. The most Kalm families were found in USA in 1920. In 1891 there was 1 Kalm family living in London. This was 100% of all the recorded Kalm's in United Kingdom. London had the highest population of Kalm families in 1891.
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What did your Kalm ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Salesman and Secretary were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Kalm. 21% of Kalm men worked as a Salesman and 36% of Kalm women worked as a Secretary. Some less common occupations for Americans named Kalm were Clerk and Housewife. .

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

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Top Male Occupations In 1940

  • Salesman
  • Farmer
  • Laborer
  • Clerk

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Secretary
  • Operator
  • Saleslady
  • Housewife
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Census Records

There are 3,000 census records available for the last name Kalm. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Kalm census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger Lists

There are 1,000 immigration records available for the last name Kalm. 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 Cards

There are 1,000 military records available for the last name Kalm. For the veterans among your Kalm ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Kalm lifespan?

Between 1963 and 2004, in the United States, Kalm life expectancy was at its lowest point in 2000, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Kalm in 1963 was 77, and 97 in 2004.

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