Oldham Family History

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Oldham Name Meaning

habitational name from the place in Lancashire, so named from Middle English ald, old ‘old’ + holm ‘island’, ‘dry land in a fen’, ‘promontory’. topographic name from Old English (e)ald ‘old’ + hamm ‘water meadow’, ‘low-lying land by a river’.

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

Similar surnames: Woodham, Fordham, Tatham, Baham, Gotham, Derham, Dockham, Gorham

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Oldham Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Oldham name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Oldham. 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


  • Cameroon, Congo, & Southern Bantu Peoples


  • Norway


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Oldham Family Origin

Where is the Oldham family from?

Oldham Family Occupations

What did your Oldham ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, Hatter, Cotton Weaver and Coal Miner were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Oldham. The most common Oldham occupation in the UK was Hatter. 3% of Oldham's were Hatters. A less common occupation for the Oldham family was Farmer.

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  • Hatter

  • Cotton Weaver

  • Coal Miner

  • Farmer


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

Oldham Historical Records

What Oldham family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 135,000 census records available for the last name Oldham. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Oldham 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 Oldham. 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 20,000 military records available for the last name Oldham. For the veterans among your Oldham ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Oldham Life Expectancy

What is the average Oldham lifespan?

Between 1944 and 2004, in the United States, Oldham life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Oldham in 1944 was 22, and 77 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Oldham 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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