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Canham Family History

Canham Name Meaning

English: habitational name from a place in Suffolk called Cavenham (of which this is a reduced form), from the genitive case of an unattested Old English byname Cafna (from caf ‘bold’, ‘active’) + Old English ham ‘homestead’.

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


Similar surnames: Basham, Barham, Langham, Clapham, Winham, Dunham, Tatham, Branham

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Where is the Canham family from?

You can see how Canham families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Canham family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Canham families were found in United Kingdom in 1891. In 1840 there was 1 Canham family living in New York. This was 100% of all the recorded Canham's in USA. New York had the highest population of Canham families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Canham surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Canham ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Housekeeper were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Canham. 19% of Canham men worked as a Laborer and 15% of Canham women worked as a Housekeeper. Some less common occupations for Americans named Canham were Clerk and Nurse. .

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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
    19%
  • Farmer
    17%
  • Carpenter
    9%
  • Clerk
    9%

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Housekeeper
    15%
  • Stenographer
    15%
  • Trimmer
    10%
  • Nurse
    10%
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What Canham family records will you find?

Census Records

There are 33,000 census records available for the last name Canham. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Canham 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 2,000 immigration records available for the last name Canham. 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 Canham. For the veterans among your Canham ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Canham lifespan?

Between 1946 and 2004, in the United States, Canham life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1959, and highest in 1970. The average life expectancy for Canham in 1946 was 61, and 65 in 2004.

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