Sham Family History

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Sham Name Meaning

Chinese : variant of Shum. Chinese : variant of Shen 1. Muslim: variant of Cham. This name is found mainly in northwest India (Gujarat). Southeast Asian: unexplained. Perhaps also an altered spelling of French Cham, a habitational name from any of several places called La Champ, named with champ ‘meadow’.

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

Similar surnames: Cham, Ham, Sam, Shan, Shaw, Shah, Shum, Wham, Isham, Hau

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Sham Family Origin

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Sham Family Occupations

What did your Sham ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, the most common Sham occupation in the UK was Fisherman. 33% of Sham's were Fishermans. Fisherman and Postmaster & Sadler were the top 2 reported jobs worked by Sham. A less common occupation for the Sham family was Railway Clerk.

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  • Fisherman

  • Postmaster & Sadler

  • Railway Clerk


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Sham Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 9,000 census records available for the last name Sham. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Sham 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 1,000 immigration records available for the last name Sham. 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 1,000 military records available for the last name Sham. For the veterans among your Sham ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Sham Life Expectancy

What is the average Sham lifespan?

Between 1964 and 2004, in the United States, Sham life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1971, and highest in 1992. The average life expectancy for Sham in 1964 was 66, and 67 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Sham 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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