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Hamm Name Meaning

English (London): topographic name for someone who lived at a place called from Middle English ham(me) hom(me) (Old English hamm) which meant ‘land in a river bend’ ‘land hemmed in by marshland’ ‘wet land hemmed in by higher ground’ ‘river meadow’ or ‘cultivated plot on the edge of woodland or moor’. The topographic term is found mainly in the South Midlands and southern England. There are many farmsteads with this name in Devon and Sussex five more substantial settlements called Ham or Hamp in Somerset as well as East and West Ham in Essex and places called Ham in Gloucestershire Hampshire Kent Surrey and Wiltshire. This form of the surname is also comparatively frequent in Ireland. 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 any of numerous places called Hamm mainly the city in Westphalia. German: from a short form of the ancient Germanic personal name Hadumar from hadu ‘combat’ + mari ‘glorious’.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022

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 USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 22 Hamm families living in Pennsylvania. This was about 31% of all the recorded Hamm's in 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 USA 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
  • Laborer
  • Salesman
  • Carpenter

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Housewife
  • Teacher
  • Housekeeper
  • Stenographer
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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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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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