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Bem Name Meaning

Polish: from German Böhm (see Bohm), an ethnic name for someone from Bohemia.

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

Similar surnames: Beem, Bey, Beu, Beam, Kem, Rom, Behm, Bar, Fey, Bein

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Where is the Bem family from?

You can see how Bem families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Bem family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1841 and 1920. The most Bem families were found in the USA in 1920. In 1880 there were 6 Bem families living in Illinois. This was about 27% of all the recorded Bem's in the USA. Illinois had the highest population of Bem families in 1880.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Bem surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Bem ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer was the top reported job for people in the US named Bem. 23% of Bem men worked as a Laborer.

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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
  • Farmer
  • Painter
  • Farm Laborer
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Census Records

There are 2,000 census records available for the last name Bem. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Bem 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 730 immigration records available for the last name Bem. 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 7,000 military records available for the last name Bem. For the veterans among your Bem ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Bem lifespan?

Between 1951 and 2004, in the United States, Bem life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1951, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Bem in 1951 was 43, and 88 in 2004.

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