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Bigham Name Meaning

Scottish (Wigtownshire) and Irish: habitational name from either Bigholm in Beith parish (Ayrshire) or Bigholms in Langholm parish (Dumfriesshire). The second element of the placename is from Older Scots holm (Old Norse holmr) ‘islet’ ‘raised land in a marsh’ ‘a stretch of low-lying land beside a river; a meadow’. The first element may be an unattested Older Scots bigge a shortened form of bigging ‘building’. The name was taken to Ulster in the 17th and 18th centuries where it was used interchangeably with Bingham .

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

Similar surnames: Higham, Bingham, Ingham, Barham, Witham, Brigham, Biggar, Benham

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You can see how Bigham families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Bigham family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Bigham families were found in USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 20 Bigham families living in Ohio. This was about 18% of all the recorded Bigham's in USA. Ohio had the highest population of Bigham families in 1840.
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What did your Bigham ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Teacher were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Bigham. 23% of Bigham men worked as a Farmer and 10% of Bigham women worked as a Teacher. Some less common occupations for Americans named Bigham were Truck Driver and Cook. .

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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
  • Truck Driver

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Teacher
  • Seamstress
  • Housekeeper
  • Cook
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What is the average Bigham lifespan?

Between 1942 and 2004, in the United States, Bigham life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Bigham in 1942 was 45, and 77 in 2004.

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