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Burnham Surname Meaning

English: habitational name from any of several places called Burnham. Those in Buckinghamshire (Burnham Beeches) Norfolk (various villages) and Essex (Burnham-on-Crouch) are named with Old English burna ‘stream’ + hām ‘homestead’. In the case of Burnham-on-Sea in Somerset however the second element is Old English hamm ‘water meadow’ while Burnham in Lincolnshire is named from brunnum dative plural of Old Norse brunnr ‘spring’ originally used after a preposition i.e. ‘(at) the springs’.

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


Similar surnames: Burcham, Turnham, Burham, Dunham, Farnham, Barham, Braham, Branham

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Where is the Burnham family from?

You can see how Burnham families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Burnham family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Burnham families were found in USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 173 Burnham families living in Massachusetts. This was about 23% of all the recorded Burnham's in USA. Massachusetts had the highest population of Burnham families in 1840.
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What did your Burnham ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Teacher were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Burnham. 14% of Burnham men worked as a Farmer and 9% of Burnham women worked as a Teacher. Some less common occupations for Americans named Burnham were Mechanic and Stenographer. .

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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 1940

  • Farmer
    14%
  • Laborer
    13%
  • Salesman
    6%
  • Mechanic
    3%

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Teacher
    9%
  • Housewife
    8%
  • Housekeeper
    7%
  • Stenographer
    6%
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

There are 12,000 immigration records available for the last name Burnham. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the USA, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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There are 30,000 military records available for the last name Burnham. For the veterans among your Burnham ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Burnham lifespan?

Between 1941 and 2004, in the United States, Burnham life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1947, and highest in 2002. The average life expectancy for Burnham in 1941 was 58, and 76 in 2004.

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