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Behm Family History

Behm Name Meaning

German: variant of Boehm. Until the late 17th century this was the usual form of the name, the -o- spelling becoming the more frequent after that time.

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


Similar surnames: Behl, Beam, Behn, Boehm, Kehm, Dehm, Bihm, Rehm, Bohm, Beem

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Where is the Behm family from?

You can see how Behm families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Behm family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Behm families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 2 Behm families living in Pennsylvania. This was about 33% of all the recorded Behm's in the USA. Pennsylvania and 1 other state had the highest population of Behm families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Behm surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Behm ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Behm. 26% of Behm men worked as a Farmer and 14% of Behm women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Behm were Carpenter and Housework.

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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
    26%
  • Laborer
    14%
  • Truck Driver
    5%
  • Carpenter
    5%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housewife
    14%
  • Clerk
    8%
  • Maid
    7%
  • Housework
    7%
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Census Records

There are 19,000 census records available for the last name Behm. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Behm 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 Behm. 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 5,000 military records available for the last name Behm. For the veterans among your Behm ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Behm lifespan?

Between 1943 and 2004, in the United States, Behm life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1959, and highest in 1990. The average life expectancy for Behm in 1943 was 57, and 80 in 2004.

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