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Gorham Family History

Gorham Name Meaning

English (Kent and Suffolk): habitational name from Gorham Wood in Bicknor (Kent) so named from Old English gāra ‘triangular piece of land’ + hām ‘homestead’. English and Irish (of Norman origin): habitational name from Gorron in Mayenne (France).

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

Similar surnames: Gotham, Barham, Burham, Popham, Derham, Fordham, Wortham, Topham

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Where is the Gorham family from?

You can see how Gorham families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Gorham family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Gorham families were found in USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 58 Gorham families living in Massachusetts. This was about 22% of all the recorded Gorham's in USA. Massachusetts had the highest population of Gorham families in 1840.
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What did your Gorham ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Gorham. 19% of Gorham men worked as a Laborer and 9% of Gorham women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Gorham were Clerk and Cook. .

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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
  • Farmer
  • Salesman
  • Clerk

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Housewife
  • Teacher
  • Stenographer
  • Cook
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Census Records

There are 60,000 census records available for the last name Gorham. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Gorham 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 7,000 immigration records available for the last name Gorham. 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 11,000 military records available for the last name Gorham. For the veterans among your Gorham ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Gorham lifespan?

Between 1949 and 2004, in the United States, Gorham life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1956, and highest in 2003. The average life expectancy for Gorham in 1949 was 45, and 72 in 2004.

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