Cham Family History

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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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Cham Family Origin

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Cham Family Occupations

What did your Cham ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, Carman, Carpenter and Gardener were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Cham. The most common Cham occupation in the USA was Carman. 20% of Cham's were Carmans. A less common occupation for the Cham family was Merchant.

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  • Carman

  • Carpenter

  • Gardener

  • Merchant


Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Cham ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Cham Historical Records

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Census Record

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 List

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 Card

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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Cham Life Expectancy

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.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Cham

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Cham ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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