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Beams Name Meaning

Irish and English: variant of Beamish.

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

Similar surnames: Beames, Beans, Reams, Bears, Beas, Beamish, Pears, Veals, Bias, Beam

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Where is the Beams family from?

You can see how Beams families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Beams family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Beams families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 5 Beams families living in Kentucky. This was about 26% of all the recorded Beams's in the USA. Kentucky and 2 other states had the highest population of Beams families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Beams surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Beams ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Farmer were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Beams. 34% of Beams men worked as a Farmer and 15% of Beams women worked as a Farmer. Some less common occupations for Americans named Beams were Foreman 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

  • Farmer
  • Laborer
  • Salesman
  • Foreman

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Farmer
  • Housewife
  • Saleslady
  • Laundress
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Census Records

There are 14,000 census records available for the last name Beams. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Beams 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 637 immigration records available for the last name Beams. 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 2,000 military records available for the last name Beams. For the veterans among your Beams ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Beams lifespan?

Between 1956 and 2004, in the United States, Beams life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1958, and highest in 1962. The average life expectancy for Beams in 1956 was 58, and 70 in 2004.

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