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Durham Family History

Durham Name Meaning

English: habitational name from Durham, a city in northeastern England, named from Old English dun ‘hill’ (see Down 1) + Old Norse holmr ‘island’.

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

Similar surnames: Dunham, Derham, Burham, Barham, Burnham, Burcham, Gorham, Turnham

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Where is the Durham family from?

You can see how Durham families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Durham family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Durham families were found in USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 52 Durham families living in Kentucky. This was about 11% of all the recorded Durham's in USA. Kentucky had the highest population of Durham families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Durham surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Durham ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housekeeper were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Durham. 20% of Durham men worked as a Farmer and 7% of Durham women worked as a Housekeeper. Some less common occupations for Americans named Durham were Truck Driver and Housewife. .

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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
  • Laborer
  • Salesman
  • Truck Driver

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Housekeeper
  • Maid
  • Teacher
  • Housewife
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What Durham family records will you find?

Census Records

There are 198,000 census records available for the last name Durham. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Durham 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 14,000 immigration records available for the last name Durham. 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 41,000 military records available for the last name Durham. For the veterans among your Durham ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Durham lifespan?

Between 1944 and 2004, in the United States, Durham life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1946, and highest in 2000. The average life expectancy for Durham in 1944 was 36, and 71 in 2004.

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