Lem Name Meaning

Dutch and Scandinavian: from a short form of the personal name Lambrecht or Lempert (see Lambert). English: probably a variant of Lim (see Lui). Southeast Asian: unexplained.

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

Similar surnames: Lim, Lam, Leo, Lemm, Clem, Lex, Sem, Lea, Lee, Klem

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Lem Family Origin

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Lem Family Occupations

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In 1880, Farmer, Laborer and Laundryman were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Lem. A less common occupation for the Lem family was Master Mariner. The most common Lem occupation in the USA was Farmer. 29% of Lem's were Farmers.

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  • Farmer

  • Laborer

  • Laundryman

  • Master Mariner


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Lem Historical Records

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Census Record

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Passenger List

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Draft Card

There are 757 military records available for the last name Lem. For the veterans among your Lem ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Lem Life Expectancy

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Between 1951 and 2004, in the United States, Lem life expectancy was at its lowest point in 2002, and highest in 1984. The average life expectancy for Lem in 1951 was 53, and 82 in 2004.

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