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Arms Family History

Arms Name Meaning

English and German: variant of Armes .

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


Similar surnames: Armes, Alms, Arns, Harms, Arts, Orms, Ris, Amy, Ary, Wares

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Where is the Arms family from?

You can see how Arms families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Arms family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Arms families were found in USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 22 Arms families living in Massachusetts. This was about 26% of all the recorded Arms's in USA. Massachusetts had the highest population of Arms families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Arms surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Arms ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Stenographer were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Arms. 24% of Arms men worked as a Farmer and 11% of Arms women worked as a Stenographer. Some less common occupations for Americans named Arms were Farm Laborer and Cook. .

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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
    24%
  • Laborer
    24%
  • Salesman
    5%
  • Farm Laborer
    4%

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Stenographer
    11%
  • Housekeeper
    11%
  • Maid
    8%
  • Cook
    8%
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Census Records

There are 19,000 census records available for the last name Arms. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Arms 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 1,000 immigration records available for the last name Arms. 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 16,000 military records available for the last name Arms. For the veterans among your Arms ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Arms lifespan?

Between 1945 and 2004, in the United States, Arms life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1954, and highest in 2001. The average life expectancy for Arms in 1945 was 36, and 75 in 2004.

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