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Ballam Family History

Ballam Name Meaning

English: variant of Balham, a habitational name from a place in Surrey (now part of south London), named with Old English bealg ‘smooth’ or ‘round’ + hamm ‘water meadow’, ‘land hemmed in by water’.

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


Similar surnames: Dallam, Balsam, Hallam, Fullam, Baham, Allum, Bollom, Bolam, Barham

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Where is the Ballam family from?

You can see how Ballam families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Ballam family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1861 and 1920. The most Ballam families were found in the UK in 1891. In 1880 there were 11 Ballam families living in Pennsylvania. This was about 16% of all the recorded Ballam's in the USA. Pennsylvania and 1 other state had the highest population of Ballam families in 1880.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Ballam surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Ballam ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Clerk were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Ballam. 28% of Ballam men worked as a Farmer and 50% of Ballam women worked as a Clerk. Some less common occupations for Americans named Ballam 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
    28%
  • Salesman
    19%
  • Carpenter
    19%
  • Truck Driver
    19%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Clerk
    50%
  • Stenographer
    50%
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Census Records

There are 8,000 census records available for the last name Ballam. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Ballam 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 Ballam. 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 605 military records available for the last name Ballam. For the veterans among your Ballam ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Ballam lifespan?

Between 1965 and 2004, in the United States, Ballam life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1968, and highest in 1993. The average life expectancy for Ballam in 1965 was 75, and 82 in 2004.

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