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Beam Family History

Beam Name Meaning
English: from Old English beam ‘beam’, ‘post’, a term with various applications. It denoted the beam of a loom and was therefore in some cases a metonymic occupational name for a weaver. In others it was a topographic name for someone who lived by a post or tree, or by a footbridge made from a tree trunk.Americanized form of German Boehm, or sometimes of Baum.

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

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Name Distribution of Beam Families

  • Number of Beam families
     138 - 274
     47 - 137
     1 - 46
     
    from the 1920 US Federal Census Data
  • Number of Beam families
     10 - 17
     4 - 9
     1 - 3
     
    from the 1891 England and Wales Census Data
  • Number of Beam families
     3 - 2
     2 - 2
     1
     
    from the 1891 Scotland Census Data

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Beam Family Origin

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Beam Immigration Information

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Average Life Expectancy for Beam

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Beam Family Occupations

from 1880 Federal Census Data

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