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Hamm Family History

Hamm Name Meaning

English: topographic name from Old English hamm, denoting a patch of flat, low-lying alluvial land beside a stream (often a promontory or water meadow in a river bend), or a habitational name from any of numerous places named with this word, for example in Gloucestershire, Greater London, Kent, Somerset, and Wiltshire. German: topographic name for someone who lived on land in a river bend, Old High German ham (see 1 above). German and Jewish (Ashkenazic): habitational name from Hamm, a city in Westphalia.

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


Similar surnames: Ramm, Camm, Lamm, Hammer, Ham, Hamel, Hall, Hamme, Kamm, Baum

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Where is the Hamm family from?

You can see how Hamm families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Hamm family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Hamm families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 22 Hamm families living in Pennsylvania. This was about 31% of all the recorded Hamm's in the USA. Pennsylvania had the highest population of Hamm families in 1840.
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What did your Hamm ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Hamm. 17% of Hamm men worked as a Farmer and 8% of Hamm women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Hamm were Carpenter 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
    17%
  • Laborer
    16%
  • Salesman
    5%
  • Carpenter
    3%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housewife
    8%
  • Teacher
    7%
  • Housekeeper
    6%
  • Stenographer
    5%
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

There are 9,000 immigration records available for the last name Hamm. 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 23,000 military records available for the last name Hamm. For the veterans among your Hamm ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Hamm lifespan?

Between 1944 and 2004, in the United States, Hamm life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1945, and highest in 2001. The average life expectancy for Hamm in 1944 was 35, and 73 in 2004.

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