Chisholm Family History

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Chisholm Name Meaning

Scottish: habitational name from Chisholme near Hawick in southern Scotland, which derives its name from Old English c¯se, cese ‘cheese’ (Latin caseus) + holm ‘piece of dry land in a fen’ and refers to a waterside meadow good for dairy farming and hence for producing cheeses. In the 14th century members of this family migrated to the Highlands, settling in Strathglass, where their name was Gaelicized as Siosal.

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

Similar surnames: Rishell, Higham, Isham, Nichol, Cheshire, Chisolm, Clisham, Rosholt

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Chisholm Ethnicity Estimate

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These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Chisholm. 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


  • Cameroon, Congo, & Southern Bantu Peoples


  • France


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Chisholm Family Origin

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Chisholm Family Occupations

What did your Chisholm ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, a less common occupation for the Chisholm family was Farming. Farmer, Keeping House and Laborer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Chisholm. The most common Chisholm occupation in the USA was Farmer. 28% of Chisholm's were Farmers.

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  • Farmer

  • Keeping House

  • Laborer

  • Farming


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Chisholm Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 140,000 census records available for the last name Chisholm. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Chisholm 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 29,000 immigration records available for the last name Chisholm. 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 19,000 military records available for the last name Chisholm. For the veterans among your Chisholm ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Chisholm Life Expectancy

What is the average Chisholm lifespan?

Between 1942 and 2004, in the United States, Chisholm life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1945, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Chisholm in 1942 was 33, and 79 in 2004.

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