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Oldham Family History

Oldham Name Meaning

English (Lancashire and Cheshire): habitational name from Oldham in Lancashire. The placename derives from Old English ald ‘old’ + Old Norse holmr ‘island water meadow’.

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

Similar surnames: Woodham, Fordham, Tatham, Baham, Gotham, Derham, Dockham, Gorham

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Where is the Oldham family from?

You can see how Oldham families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Oldham family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Oldham families were found in United Kingdom in 1891. In 1840 there were 53 Oldham families living in Kentucky. This was about 23% of all the recorded Oldham's in USA. Kentucky had the highest population of Oldham families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Oldham surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Oldham ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Oldham. 20% of Oldham men worked as a Farmer and 10% of Oldham women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Oldham were Truck Driver 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
  • Laborer
  • Salesman
  • Truck Driver

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Housewife
  • Housekeeper
  • Teacher
  • Stenographer
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Census Records

There are 135,000 census records available for the last name Oldham. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Oldham census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger Lists

There are 12,000 immigration records available for the last name Oldham. 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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Draft Cards

There are 20,000 military records available for the last name Oldham. For the veterans among your Oldham ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Oldham lifespan?

Between 1944 and 2004, in the United States, Oldham life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Oldham in 1944 was 22, and 77 in 2004.

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