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Sams Family History

Sams Surname Meaning

English: variant of Sam with genitival or post-medieval excrescent -s.

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

Similar surnames: Samms, Syms, Tams, Samis, Samsa, Sims, Samp, Sam, Mars, Sales

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Where is the Sams family from?

You can see how Sams families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Sams family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Sams families were found in USA in 1880. In 1891 there were 270 Sams families living in London. This was about 34% of all the recorded Sams's in United Kingdom. London had the highest population of Sams families in 1891.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Sams surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Sams ancestors do for a living?

In 1939, Builders Labourer and Unpaid Domestic Duties were the top reported jobs for men and women in the United Kingdom named Sams. 9% of Sams men worked as a Builders Labourer and 75% of Sams women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Sams were General Labourer 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.

Top Male Occupations In 1939

  • Builders Labourer
  • Incapacitated
  • Cabinet Maker
  • General Labourer

Top Female Occupations In 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
  • Unpaid Domestic
  • Incapacitated
  • Housewife
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Census Records

There are 66,000 census records available for the last name Sams. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Sams 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 3,000 immigration records available for the last name Sams. 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 13,000 military records available for the last name Sams. For the veterans among your Sams ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Sams lifespan?

Between 1941 and 2004, in the United States, Sams life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 1998. The average life expectancy for Sams in 1941 was 39, and 72 in 2004.

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