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Dunham Family History

Dunham Name Meaning
English (chiefly Norfolk): habitational name from any of several places called Dunham, of which one is in Norfolk. Most are named from Old English dun ‘hill’ + ham ‘homestead’. A place in Lincolnshire now known as Dunholme appears in Domesday Book as Duneham and this too may be a source of the surname; here the first element is probably the Old English personal name Dunna.

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

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195,047 Birth, Marriage, and Deaths
27,787 Military Records
10,583 Immigration Records
167,748 Census and Voter Lists
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Name Distribution of Dunham Families

  • Number of Dunham families
     277 - 552
     93 - 276
     1 - 92
     
    from the 1920 US Federal Census Data
  • Number of Dunham families
     111 - 220
     38 - 110
     1 - 37
     
    from the 1891 England and Wales Census Data
  • Number of Dunham families
     3 - 3
     2 - 2
     1
     
    from the 1891 Scotland Census Data

Dunham census records

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Dunham Family Origin

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Dunham Immigration Information

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Average Life Expectancy for Dunham

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Dunham Family Occupations

from 1880 Federal Census Data

Dunham census records

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Dunham Civil War Service Records

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