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Farnham Family History

Farnham Name Meaning

English: habitational name from Farnham in Buckinghamshire Dorset Essex Suffolk Surrey and Yorkshire all named from Old English fearn ‘fern’ + either hām ‘homestead’ or hamm ‘enclosure hemmed in by water a water-meadow’.

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


Similar surnames: Wareham, Burnham, Fordham, Barham, Turnham, Harpham, Derham, Parham

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Where is the Farnham family from?

You can see how Farnham families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Farnham family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Farnham families were found in USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 86 Farnham families living in Maine. This was about 30% of all the recorded Farnham's in USA. Maine had the highest population of Farnham families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Farnham surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Farnham ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Farnham. 13% of Farnham men worked as a Laborer and 11% of Farnham women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Farnham 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

  • Laborer
    13%
  • Farmer
    13%
  • Salesman
    9%
  • Truck Driver
    6%

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Housewife
    11%
  • Teacher
    10%
  • Clerk
    8%
  • Stenographer
    7%
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Census Records

There are 55,000 census records available for the last name Farnham. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Farnham 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 4,000 immigration records available for the last name Farnham. 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 9,000 military records available for the last name Farnham. For the veterans among your Farnham ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Farnham lifespan?

Between 1946 and 2004, in the United States, Farnham life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1957, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Farnham in 1946 was 42, and 83 in 2004.

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