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Elam Name Meaning

English: habitational name for someone from a place called Elham, in Kent, or a lost place of this name in Crayford, Kent. The first is derived from Old English ?l ‘eel’ + ham ‘homestead’ or hamm ‘enclosure hemmed in by water’. There is also an Elam Grange in Bingley, West Yorkshire, but the current distribution of the name in the British Isles suggests that it did not contribute significantly to the surname.

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

Similar surnames: Elm, Eland, Alam, Flam, Law, Glad, Alm, Olan, Lam, Emm

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Where is the Elam family from?

You can see how Elam families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Elam family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Elam families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 35 Elam families living in Virginia. This was about 32% of all the recorded Elam's in the USA. Virginia had the highest population of Elam families in 1840.
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What did your Elam ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Maid were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Elam. 24% of Elam men worked as a Farmer and 9% of Elam women worked as a Maid. Some less common occupations for Americans named Elam 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
  • Laborer
  • Farming
  • Truck Driver

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Maid
  • Teacher
  • Housewife
  • Stenographer
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

There are 1,000 immigration records available for the last name Elam. 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 10,000 military records available for the last name Elam. For the veterans among your Elam ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Elam lifespan?

Between 1944 and 2004, in the United States, Elam life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1947, and highest in 2003. The average life expectancy for Elam in 1944 was 38, and 70 in 2004.

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