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Dunham Name Meaning

English (chiefly Norfolk): habitational name from any of several places called Dunham, of which one is in Norfolk. Most are named from Old English dun ‘hill’ + ham ‘homestead’. A place in Lincolnshire now known as Dunholme appears in Domesday Book as Duneham and this too may be a source of the surname; here the first element is probably the Old English personal name Dunna.

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


Similar surnames: Denham, Durham, Burnham, Downham, Derham, Winham, Benham, Canham

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Where is the Dunham family from?

You can see how Dunham families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Dunham family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Dunham families were found in USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 222 Dunham families living in New York. This was about 26% of all the recorded Dunham's in USA. New York had the highest population of Dunham families in 1840.
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What did your Dunham ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Teacher were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Dunham. 15% of Dunham men worked as a Farmer and 8% of Dunham women worked as a Teacher. Some less common occupations for Americans named Dunham were Truck Driver 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

  • Farmer
    15%
  • Laborer
    15%
  • Salesman
    5%
  • Truck Driver
    4%

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Teacher
    8%
  • Housewife
    8%
  • Housekeeper
    7%
  • Stenographer
    6%
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Census Records

There are 175,000 census records available for the last name Dunham. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Dunham 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 12,000 immigration records available for the last name Dunham. 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 29,000 military records available for the last name Dunham. For the veterans among your Dunham ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Dunham lifespan?

Between 1943 and 2004, in the United States, Dunham life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1943, and highest in 1998. The average life expectancy for Dunham in 1943 was 24, and 76 in 2004.

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