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Kellam Family History

Kellam Name Meaning

English: habitational name from Kelham in Nottinghamshire so named from the dative plural of Old Norse kjǫlr ‘(place) at the ridges’.

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

Similar surnames: Killam, Hellem, Elam, Ballam, Dallam, Pelham, Pella, Kallay, Fullam

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Where is the Kellam family from?

You can see how Kellam families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Kellam family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Kellam families were found in USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 30 Kellam families living in Virginia. This was about 67% of all the recorded Kellam's in USA. Virginia had the highest population of Kellam families in 1840.
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What did your Kellam ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Kellam. 23% of Kellam men worked as a Farmer and 10% of Kellam women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Kellam were Carpenter 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
  • Laborer
  • Salesman
  • Carpenter

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Housewife
  • Laborer
  • Teacher
  • Housekeeper
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Census Records

There are 21,000 census records available for the last name Kellam. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Kellam 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 1,000 immigration records available for the last name Kellam. 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 3,000 military records available for the last name Kellam. For the veterans among your Kellam ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Kellam lifespan?

Between 1950 and 2004, in the United States, Kellam life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1950, and highest in 1980. The average life expectancy for Kellam in 1950 was 44, and 77 in 2004.

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