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Rotherham Name Meaning

English: habitational name from Rotherham in South Yorkshire, named as ‘homestead or village (Old English ham) on the river Rother’, a Celtic river name meaning ‘chief river’.

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

Similar surnames: Cockerham, Derham, Frothingham, Gotham, Gorham, Brotherton, Perham

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Where is the Rotherham family from?

You can see how Rotherham families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Rotherham family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Rotherham families were found in the UK in 1891. In 1891 there were 246 Rotherham families living in Lancashire. This was about 36% of all the recorded Rotherham's in the UK. Lancashire had the highest population of Rotherham families in 1891.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Rotherham surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Rotherham ancestors do for a living?

In 1939, General Labourer and Unpaid Domestic Duties were the top reported jobs for men and women in the UK named Rotherham. 16% of Rotherham men worked as a General Labourer and 82% of Rotherham women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Rotherham were Bricklayer and Incapacitated.

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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.

Top Male Occupations in 1939

  • General Labourer
  • Colliery Hewer Heavy Worker
  • Stone Mason
  • Bricklayer

Top Female Occupations in 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
  • Private Means
  • Domestic Duties
  • Incapacitated
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Census Records

There are 11,000 census records available for the last name Rotherham. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Rotherham 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 Rotherham. 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 967 military records available for the last name Rotherham. For the veterans among your Rotherham ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Rotherham lifespan?

Between 1963 and 2004, in the United States, Rotherham life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1975, and highest in 1996. The average life expectancy for Rotherham in 1963 was 70, and 67 in 2004.

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