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Lamar Family History

Lamar Name Meaning

Possibly a variant spelling of French Lamarre. Possibly also Spanish: habitational name for someone from either of the two places called Mar in Asturias, probably named with mar ‘sea’ and the article la.

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

Similar surnames: Lamer, Lama, Jamar, Lamora, Hamer, Lamas, Labar, Laman, Lemar, Hamar

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Where is the Lamar family from?

You can see how Lamar families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Lamar family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Lamar families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 22 Lamar families living in Georgia. This was about 25% of all the recorded Lamar's in the USA. Georgia had the highest population of Lamar families in 1840.
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What did your Lamar ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Maid were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Lamar. 23% of Lamar men worked as a Laborer and 12% of Lamar women worked as a Maid. Some less common occupations for Americans named Lamar were Farm Laborer and Housewife.

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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

  • Laborer
  • Farmer
  • Salesman
  • Farm Laborer

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Maid
  • Cook
  • Teacher
  • Housewife
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Census Records

There are 41,000 census records available for the last name Lamar. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Lamar 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 3,000 immigration records available for the last name Lamar. 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 11,000 military records available for the last name Lamar. For the veterans among your Lamar ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Lamar lifespan?

Between 1944 and 2004, in the United States, Lamar life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 1997. The average life expectancy for Lamar in 1944 was 22, and 73 in 2004.

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