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Cham Family History

Cham Name Meaning

French: habitational name from any of various places called Chalm, often recorded as La Champ, in Ardèche, Drôme, Haute-Loire, Isère, Lozère. Arabic: ethnic name for a Syrian or habitational name for someone from Damascus, from al sham, Arabic name for Syria, used in Syria itself to denote the city of Damascus. Chinese : variant of Zhan. Other Southeast Asian: unexplained.

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


Similar surnames: Sham, Ham, Chao, Chim, Cam, Wham, Chan, Hamm, Champ, Cap

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Where is the Cham family from?

You can see how Cham families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Cham family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Cham families were found in Canada in 1911. In 1840 there was 1 Cham family living in Iowa Territory. This was about 50% of all the recorded Cham's in USA. Iowa Territory and 1 other state had the highest population of Cham families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Cham surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Cham ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Bookeeper were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Cham. 29% of Cham men worked as a Farmer and 25% of Cham women worked as a Bookeeper. Some less common occupations for Americans named Cham were Waiter and Clerk. .

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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
    29%
  • Laborer
    29%
  • Truck Driver
    15%
  • Waiter
    15%

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Bookeeper
    25%
  • Farm Laborer
    25%
  • Teacher
    25%
  • Clerk
    25%
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Census Records

There are 2,000 census records available for the last name Cham. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Cham 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 Cham. 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 20,000 military records available for the last name Cham. For the veterans among your Cham ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Cham lifespan?

Between 1962 and 2004, in the United States, Cham life expectancy was at its lowest point in 2001, and highest in 2000. The average life expectancy for Cham in 1962 was 48, and 65 in 2004.

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