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Beam Family History

Beam Name Meaning

English: from Old English beam ‘beam’, ‘post’, a term with various applications. It denoted the beam of a loom and was therefore in some cases a metonymic occupational name for a weaver. In others it was a topographic name for someone who lived by a post or tree, or by a footbridge made from a tree trunk. Americanized form of German Boehm, or sometimes of Baum.

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


Similar surnames: Beal, Bean, Bear, Baum, Beck, Best, Bream, Behm, Byam, Bram

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Where is the Beam family from?

You can see how Beam families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Beam family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Beam families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 79 Beam families living in Pennsylvania. This was about 27% of all the recorded Beam's in the USA. Pennsylvania had the highest population of Beam families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Beam surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Beam ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Stenographer were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Beam. 19% of Beam men worked as a Farmer and 10% of Beam women worked as a Stenographer. Some less common occupations for Americans named Beam were Truck Driver and Housewife.

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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
    19%
  • Laborer
    16%
  • Salesman
    5%
  • Truck Driver
    4%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Stenographer
    10%
  • Housekeeper
    8%
  • Teacher
    8%
  • Housewife
    7%
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Census Records

There are 63,000 census records available for the last name Beam. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Beam 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 3,000 immigration records available for the last name Beam. 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 15,000 military records available for the last name Beam. For the veterans among your Beam ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Beam lifespan?

Between 1942 and 2004, in the United States, Beam life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1953, and highest in 1983. The average life expectancy for Beam in 1942 was 34, and 76 in 2004.

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