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Balsam Name Meaning

Jewish (Ashkenazic): ornamental name from German Balsam or Yiddish balzam ‘balm’, ‘balsam’. German: occupational name for a seller of spices and perfumes, from Latin balsamum ‘balsam’, ‘aromatic resin’. German: variant of Balsel (see Baltzell). English: habitational name from Balsham in Cambridgeshire, named with an Old English personal name, Bæll(i), + ham ‘homestead’, ‘village’, or Balstone in Devon.

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

Similar surnames: Ballam, Barham, Balsamo, Dallam, Hallam, Basa, Balcom, Balser

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Where is the Balsam family from?

You can see how Balsam families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Balsam family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1851 and 1920. The most Balsam families were found in the UK in 1891. In 1880 there were 11 Balsam families living in Wisconsin. This was about 23% of all the recorded Balsam's in the USA. Wisconsin had the highest population of Balsam families in 1880.
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What did your Balsam ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Salesman and Secretary were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Balsam. 32% of Balsam men worked as a Salesman and 22% of Balsam women worked as a Secretary. Some less common occupations for Americans named Balsam were Accountant and Farm Laborer.

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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

  • Salesman
  • Manager
  • Clerk
  • Accountant

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Secretary
  • Saleslady
  • Teacher
  • Farm Laborer
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Passenger Lists

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There are 720 military records available for the last name Balsam. For the veterans among your Balsam ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Balsam lifespan?

Between 1962 and 2004, in the United States, Balsam life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1993, and highest in 1989. The average life expectancy for Balsam in 1962 was 78, and 79 in 2004.

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