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Braham Family History

Braham Name Meaning

English: habitational name from Braham in Spofforth (Yorkshire) or Brantham in Suffolk (recorded as Braham in 1198). Braham in Yorkshire was probably named with the Old English personal name Brahha + hām ‘homestead’. Brantham in Suffolk means ‘the steep homestead’ from Old English brant ‘steep’ + hām. Irish and Scottish: shortened form of Gaelic Mac an Bhreitheamhan ‘son of the judge’. Compare Brain . Jewish: shortened form of Abraham .

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

Similar surnames: Branham, Bradham, Baham, Brahm, Burnham, Burcham, Barham, Bream

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Where is the Braham family from?

You can see how Braham families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Braham family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Braham families were found in United Kingdom in 1891. In 1840 there were 2 Braham families living in Virginia. This was about 50% of all the recorded Braham's in USA. Virginia had the highest population of Braham families in 1840.
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What did your Braham ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Braham. 21% of Braham men worked as a Farmer and 15% of Braham women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Braham 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

  • Housewife
  • Housekeeper
  • Maid
  • Cook
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Passenger Lists

There are 4,000 immigration records available for the last name Braham. 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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There are 1,000 military records available for the last name Braham. For the veterans among your Braham ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Braham lifespan?

Between 1949 and 2004, in the United States, Braham life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1949, and highest in 1959. The average life expectancy for Braham in 1949 was 48, and 57 in 2004.

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