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Elm Name Meaning

English: topographic name for someone who lived near an elm tree or in an elm grove, from Middle English elm ‘elm’. German: habitational name from any of the various places so named. Swedish: ornamental name from älm(e) ‘elm grove’.

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


Similar surnames: Helm, Alm, Olm, Kelm, Eld, Ely, Elam, Palm, Ell, Kell

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Where is the Elm family from?

You can see how Elm families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Elm family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Elm families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there was 1 Elm family living in Ohio. This was 100% of all the recorded Elm's in the USA. Ohio had the highest population of Elm families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Elm surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Elm ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Maid were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Elm. 21% of Elm men worked as a Farmer and 18% of Elm women worked as a Maid. Some less common occupations for Americans named Elm were Carpenter and Clerk.

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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
    21%
  • Laborer
    17%
  • Truck Driver
    6%
  • Carpenter
    6%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Maid
    18%
  • Stenographer
    10%
  • Teacher
    8%
  • Clerk
    8%
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Census Records

There are 14,000 census records available for the last name Elm. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Elm 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 2,000 immigration records available for the last name Elm. 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 3,000 military records available for the last name Elm. For the veterans among your Elm ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Elm lifespan?

Between 1948 and 2004, in the United States, Elm life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1949, and highest in 1999. The average life expectancy for Elm in 1948 was 49, and 74 in 2004.

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