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Baum Name Meaning

German: topographic name for someone who lived by a tree that was particularly noticeable in some way from Middle High German Old High German boum ‘tree’ or else a nickname for a particularly tall person. Jewish (Ashkenazic): artificial name from German Baum ‘tree’ or a short form of any of the many artificial surnames containing this word as the final element for example Feigenbaum ‘fig tree’ (see Feige ) and Mandelbaum ‘almond tree’ (see Mandel ). English (Leicestershire): variant of Balme a habitational name from Balne in Yorkshire so named with Middle English balne ‘bath bathing place’ (from Latin balneum ‘bathing place’). There is no early evidence suggesting possible derivation from Middle English balme baume ‘balm balsam’ though this word has probably influenced the name.

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

Similar surnames: Bau, Blum, Saum, Ramm, Daum, Hamm, Lau, Damm, Banz, Bahr

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Where is the Baum family from?

You can see how Baum families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Baum family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Baum families were found in USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 46 Baum families living in Pennsylvania. This was about 30% of all the recorded Baum's in USA. Pennsylvania had the highest population of Baum families in 1840.
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What did your Baum ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Salesman and Clerk were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Baum. 11% of Baum men worked as a Salesman and 10% of Baum women worked as a Clerk. Some less common occupations for Americans named Baum were Clerk and Teacher. .

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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
  • Farmer
  • Laborer
  • Clerk

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Clerk
  • Stenographer
  • Housewife
  • Teacher
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Passenger Lists

There are 21,000 immigration records available for the last name Baum. 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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There are 24,000 military records available for the last name Baum. For the veterans among your Baum ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Baum lifespan?

Between 1944 and 2004, in the United States, Baum life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1946, and highest in 2000. The average life expectancy for Baum in 1944 was 32, and 77 in 2004.

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