Lam Name Meaning

Chinese : variant of Lin 1. Chinese : variant of Lan. Vietnamese (Lâm): unexplained. Dutch and North German: from a short form of the personal name Lambert. Danish: nickname for a gentle person, from Old Norse lamb ‘lamb’, or possibly for a lame man, Old Norse lami.

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


Similar surnames: Lau, Lamb, Lum, Lim, Lamm, Sam, Lai, Lem, Kam, Ram

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Lam Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Lam name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Lam. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • China

    38%

  • England & Wales

    17%

  • Southeast Asia—Vietnam

    12%

  • Southeast Asia—Dai (Tai)

    7%

  • Ireland & Scotland

    6%

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Lam Family Origin

Where is the Lam family from?

Lam Family Occupations

What did your Lam ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, Farmer, Laborer and Farm Laborer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Lam. A less common occupation for the Lam family was Keeping House. The most common Lam occupation in the USA was Farmer. 48% of Lam's were Farmers.

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  • Farmer

    48%
  • Laborer

    7%
  • Farm Laborer

    4%
  • Keeping House

    4%

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Lam Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 28,000 census records available for the last name Lam. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Lam census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 56,000 immigration records available for the last name Lam. 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 Card

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

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Lam Life Expectancy

What is the average Lam lifespan?

Between 1945 and 2004, in the United States, Lam life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1953, and highest in 1967. The average life expectancy for Lam in 1945 was 32, and 72 in 2004.

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