Chatham Family History

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Chatham Name Meaning

English: habitational name from Chatham in Kent or possibly from Chatham Green in Essex, both named from Celtic ced ‘wood’ (modern Welsh coed) + Old English ham ‘homestead’.

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

Similar surnames: Cheetham, Tatham, Clapham, Canham, Hotham, Barham, Statham, Lapham

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Chatham Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Chatham name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Chatham. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


  • Eastern Europe & Russia


  • Norway


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Chatham Family Origin

Where is the Chatham family from?

Chatham Family Occupations

What did your Chatham ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, the most common Chatham occupation in the USA was Farmer. 46% of Chatham's were Farmers. Farmer, Keeping House and Farming were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Chatham. A less common occupation for the Chatham family was Laborer.

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  • Farmer

  • Keeping House

  • Farming

  • Laborer


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

Chatham Historical Records

What Chatham family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 25,000 census records available for the last name Chatham. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Chatham 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 Chatham. 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 8,000 military records available for the last name Chatham. For the veterans among your Chatham ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Chatham Life Expectancy

What is the average Chatham lifespan?

Between 1946 and 2004, in the United States, Chatham life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1946, and highest in 2003. The average life expectancy for Chatham in 1946 was 37, and 74 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Chatham

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Chatham 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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