Salem Family History

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Salem Name Meaning

Muslim: from a personal name based on Arabic salim or salim ‘safe’, ‘secure’, ‘perfect’, ‘complete’. Salim ibn ?Umayr was one of the Companions of the Prophet Muhammad. French (Alsace): habitational name from a place named Salem in Haut-Rhin, named for the holy city of Jerusalem.

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


Similar surnames: Salim, Sales, Saleh, Sale, Salm, Sole, Salaam, Salek, Solem, Palm

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Salem Family Origin

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Salem Family Occupations

What did your Salem ancestors do for a living?

In 1939, Commission Agent and Unpaid Domestic Duties were the top reported jobs for men and women in the UK named Salem. 6% of Salem men worked as a Commission Agent and 55% of Salem women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Salem were Boarding House Proprieter and House Duties

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Top Male Occupations in 1939

  • Commission Agent
    6%
  • Shipping Merchant Textiles
    6%
  • Ships Fireman
    6%
  • Boarding House Proprieter
    3%

Top Female Occupations in 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
    55%
  • Bank Clerk
    7%
  • Greengrocer fruiterer H
    4%
  • House Duties
    4%

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

Salem Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 9,000 census records available for the last name Salem. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Salem 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 5,000 immigration records available for the last name Salem. 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 11,000 military records available for the last name Salem. For the veterans among your Salem ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Salem Life Expectancy

What is the average Salem lifespan?

Between 1953 and 2004, in the United States, Salem life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1953, and highest in 2000. The average life expectancy for Salem in 1953 was 35, and 66 in 2004.

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