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Kam Family History

Kam Name Meaning

Dutch and Jewish (Ashkenazic): from Dutch and Yiddish kam ‘comb’, hence a metonymic occupational name either for a comb maker or for a wool comber or fuller. Reduced form of Dutch van der Kam, from Middle Dutch kamme ‘brewery’, hence a topographic name for someone who lived by a brewery or a metonymic occupational name for someone who worked in one. Reduced form of Dutch van Kam, a habitational name for someone from Chaam (formerly Kam) near Breda. Chinese : variant of Gan 1. Chinese : variant of Jin 1.

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


Similar surnames: Kan, Kamp, Kamm, Kay, Ram, Kau, Sam, Ham, Ramm, Kai

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Where is the Kam family from?

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

What did your Kam ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Kam. 12% of Kam men worked as a Farmer and 19% of Kam women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Kam were Laborer 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
    12%
  • Salesman
    11%
  • Proprietor
    9%
  • Laborer
    8%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housewife
    19%
  • Packer
    14%
  • New Worker
    9%
  • Housekeeper
    7%
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

There are 11,000 immigration records available for the last name Kam. 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 44,000 military records available for the last name Kam. For the veterans among your Kam ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Kam lifespan?

Between 1959 and 2004, in the United States, Kam life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1959, and highest in 1986. The average life expectancy for Kam in 1959 was 54, and 83 in 2004.

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