Pelham Family History

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Pelham Name Meaning

English (mainly Sussex): habitational name from Pelham in Hertfordshire, so called from the Old English personal name Peotla + Old English ham ‘homestead’.

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

Similar surnames: Perham, Mepham, Derham, Feltham, Elam, Popham, Denham, Benham, Dunham

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Pelham Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Pelham name?

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


  • Benin/Togo


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Pelham Family Origin

Where is the Pelham family from?

Pelham Family Occupations

What did your Pelham ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, a less common occupation for the Pelham family was Annuitant. Agricultural Labourer, Bricklayer and Agricultural Laborer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Pelham. The most common Pelham occupation in the UK was Agricultural Labourer. 6% of Pelham's were Agricultural Labourers.

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  • Agricultural Labourer

  • Bricklayer

  • Agricultural Laborer

  • Annuitant


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

Pelham Historical Records

What Pelham family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 26,000 census records available for the last name Pelham. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Pelham 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 2,000 immigration records available for the last name Pelham. 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 5,000 military records available for the last name Pelham. For the veterans among your Pelham ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Pelham Life Expectancy

What is the average Pelham lifespan?

Between 1948 and 2004, in the United States, Pelham life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1950, and highest in 1997. The average life expectancy for Pelham in 1948 was 40, and 74 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Pelham

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Pelham 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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