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Derham Name Meaning

English: habitational name from Dearham in Cumbria or Dyrham in Gloucestershire, named from Old English deor ‘deer’ + ham ‘settlement’, ‘homestead’, or hamm ‘enclosure hemmed in by water’, ‘river meadow’. There are places in Norfolk called East and West Dereham, which have the same etymology. However, the present-day distribution of the surname suggests that they probably did not contribute to the surname. Irish (mainly Dublin, Drogheda, and Cork): of English origin, but MacLysaght takes this to be a variant of Durham.

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

Similar surnames: Denham, Perham, Durham, Dunham, Barham, Debnam, Benham, Pelham

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Where is the Derham family from?

You can see how Derham families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Derham family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Derham families were found in the UK in 1891. In 1840 there were 8 Derham families living in Ohio. This was about 22% of all the recorded Derham's in the USA. Ohio and 1 other state had the highest population of Derham families in 1840.
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What did your Derham ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Teacher were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Derham. 24% of Derham men worked as a Laborer and 21% of Derham women worked as a Teacher. Some less common occupations for Americans named Derham were Salesman and Stenographer.

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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
  • Farmer
  • Clerk
  • Salesman

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Teacher
  • Clerk
  • Housewife
  • Stenographer
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Passenger Lists

There are 2,000 immigration records available for the last name Derham. 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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There are 1,000 military records available for the last name Derham. For the veterans among your Derham ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Derham lifespan?

Between 1957 and 2004, in the United States, Derham life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1957, and highest in 1994. The average life expectancy for Derham in 1957 was 54, and 80 in 2004.

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