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Backstrom Name Meaning

Americanized spelling of Swedish Backström, an ornamental name composed of the elements back(e) ‘hill’ + ström ‘stream’ or Bäckström, an ornamental name composed of the elements bäck ‘brook’, ‘stream’ + ström ‘stream’.

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


Similar surnames: Beckstrom, Hallstrom, Markstrom, Branstrom, Malstrom, Carlstrom

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Where is the Backstrom family from?

You can see how Backstrom families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Backstrom family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Backstrom families were found in USA in 1920. In 1840 there was 1 Backstrom family living in Alabama. This was about 50% of all the recorded Backstrom's in USA. Alabama and 1 other state had the highest population of Backstrom families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Backstrom surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Backstrom ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Stenographer were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Backstrom. 15% of Backstrom men worked as a Farmer and 12% of Backstrom women worked as a Stenographer. Some less common occupations for Americans named Backstrom were Carpenter and Housekeeper. .

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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
    15%
  • Laborer
    15%
  • Salesman
    9%
  • Carpenter
    7%

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Stenographer
    12%
  • Cook
    10%
  • Clerk
    8%
  • Housekeeper
    7%
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Census Records

There are 7,000 census records available for the last name Backstrom. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Backstrom 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 6,000 immigration records available for the last name Backstrom. 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 2,000 military records available for the last name Backstrom. For the veterans among your Backstrom ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Backstrom lifespan?

Between 1948 and 2004, in the United States, Backstrom life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1954, and highest in 1996. The average life expectancy for Backstrom in 1948 was 58, and 80 in 2004.

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