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Balcom Family History

Balcom Name Meaning

Altered spelling of English Balcombe, a habitational name from Balcombe in West Sussex, which is named with Old English bealu ‘evil’, ‘calamity’ (or the Old English personal name Bealda) + cumb ‘valley’.

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


Similar surnames: Bascom, Larcom, Baldon, Balsam, Baucom, Bollom, Altom, Bacon, Falcon

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Where is the Balcom family from?

You can see how Balcom families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Balcom family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Balcom families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 41 Balcom families living in New York. This was about 53% of all the recorded Balcom's in the USA. New York had the highest population of Balcom families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Balcom surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Balcom ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Teacher were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Balcom. 16% of Balcom men worked as a Farmer and 18% of Balcom women worked as a Teacher. Some less common occupations for Americans named Balcom were Carpenter and Saleslady.

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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
    16%
  • Laborer
    14%
  • Salesman
    9%
  • Carpenter
    5%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Teacher
    18%
  • Housewife
    11%
  • Housekeeper
    8%
  • Saleslady
    7%
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Census Records

There are 19,000 census records available for the last name Balcom. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Balcom 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 Balcom. 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 3,000 military records available for the last name Balcom. For the veterans among your Balcom ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Balcom lifespan?

Between 1951 and 2004, in the United States, Balcom life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1960, and highest in 1995. The average life expectancy for Balcom in 1951 was 52, and 73 in 2004.

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