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Hamburg Family History

Hamburg Name Meaning

German and Jewish (Ashkenazic): habitational name from the great city and port at the mouth of the river Elbe named with the ancient Germanic elements ham ‘water meadow’ + burg ‘fortress’ ‘fortified town’.

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


Similar surnames: Homburg, Hamberg, Limburg, Shamburg, Walburg, Amberg, Bamberg

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Where is the Hamburg family from?

You can see how Hamburg families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Hamburg family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Hamburg families were found in USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 2 Hamburg families living in Indiana. This was about 40% of all the recorded Hamburg's in USA. Indiana had the highest population of Hamburg families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Hamburg surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Hamburg ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Stenographer were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Hamburg. 16% of Hamburg men worked as a Farmer and 17% of Hamburg women worked as a Stenographer. Some less common occupations for Americans named Hamburg were Manager and Housekeeper. .

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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
    16%
  • Laborer
    11%
  • Salesman
    10%
  • Manager
    6%

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Stenographer
    17%
  • Housework
    9%
  • Housewife
    8%
  • Housekeeper
    8%
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What Hamburg family records will you find?

Census Records

There are 12,000 census records available for the last name Hamburg. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Hamburg 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 Hamburg. 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 25,000 military records available for the last name Hamburg. For the veterans among your Hamburg ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Hamburg lifespan?

Between 1945 and 2004, in the United States, Hamburg life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1948, and highest in 2001. The average life expectancy for Hamburg in 1945 was 49, and 70 in 2004.

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