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Durham Family History

Durham Name Meaning
English: habitational name from Durham, a city in northeastern England, named from Old English dun ‘hill’ (see Down 1) + Old Norse holmr ‘island’.

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

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282,423 Birth, Marriage, and Deaths
40,168 Military Records
12,783 Immigration Records
184,493 Census and Voter Lists
884,990 Member Trees

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Name Distribution of Durham Families

  • Number of Durham families
     213 - 423
     72 - 212
     1 - 71
     
    from the 1920 US Federal Census Data
  • Number of Durham families
     262 - 521
     88 - 261
     1 - 87
     
    from the 1891 England and Wales Census Data
  • Number of Durham families
     33 - 64
     12 - 32
     1 - 11
     
    from the 1891 Scotland Census Data

Durham census records

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Durham Family Origin

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The information for this chart came from the U.S. Immigration Collection at Ancestry.com. You can find out where the majority of the Durham families were living before they immigrated to the U.S and learn where to focus your search for foreign records.

Immigration records can tell you an ancestor's name, ship name, port of departure, port of arrival, and destination.

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Durham Immigration Information

from the New York Passenger Lists

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You can find out when most of the Durham families immigrated to the United States. You can focus your search to immigration records dating from that era.

Immigration records can tell you an ancestor's name, ship name, port of departure, port of arrival and destination.

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Average Life Expectancy for Durham

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family.

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Durham Family Occupations

from 1880 Federal Census Data

Durham census records

Census records can offer a lot of little known facts about your Durham ancestors, such as occupation.

Occupation can tell you about your ancestors' social status and economic status.

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Durham Civil War Service Records

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You can find out if your ancestors came primarily from the North of the South.

Military records can tell you an ancestor's birthplace, occupation, and even physical description.

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