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Baltimore Family History

Baltimore Name Meaning

English: apparently from the title of the English Barons Baltimore borne by members of the Calvert family who were Lords Proprietors of the colony of Maryland in the 17th century. The title is based on the name of their estate in County Longford Ireland. As a surname Baltimore seems to have originated in America (appearing in VA in the 1660s). There is however no record of any Calvert descendants having assumed the title as a surname. The surname is found mainly among African Americans (see also 2 below). Jewish (American) and African American: adoption of the surname in 1 above or perhaps of the name of the city in Maryland as a surname. The city was established in 1729 (the port already in 1706) and named after Cecil Calvert second Lord Baltimore (see 1 above) who was the first Lord Proprietor of the colony of Maryland in the 17th century.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022


Similar surnames: Barmore, Cullimore, Balthrop, Wilmore, Atmore, Patmore, Belmore

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You can see how Baltimore families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Baltimore family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Baltimore families were found in USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 6 Baltimore families living in Indiana. This was about 29% of all the recorded Baltimore's in USA. Indiana had the highest population of Baltimore families in 1840.
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What did your Baltimore ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Maid were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Baltimore. 30% of Baltimore men worked as a Laborer and 21% of Baltimore women worked as a Maid. Some less common occupations for Americans named Baltimore were Farm Laborer and Laundress. .

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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

  • Laborer
    30%
  • Farmer
    15%
  • Miner
    5%
  • Farm Laborer
    5%

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Maid
    21%
  • Cook
    18%
  • Housekeeper
    11%
  • Laundress
    9%
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What is the average Baltimore lifespan?

Between 1941 and 2004, in the United States, Baltimore life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1941, and highest in 1963. The average life expectancy for Baltimore in 1941 was 28, and 74 in 2004.

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