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Lim Name Meaning

English: variant of Lum . Korean: variant of Im 1 and Chinese: Teochew Hokkien and Hakka form of the surname 林 ‘woods forest’ see Lin These dialects in which this form occurs are found in Guangdong Fujian Jiangxi Hainan and Taiwan from where some people migrated to Singapore Malaysia Thailand Indonesia the Philippines and other parts of Southeast Asia (compare 6 below). Chinese: Cantonese form of the surname 廉 see Lian Chinese: variant Romanization of the surname 練 see Lian Cambodian: written លីម of Chinese origin from 林 meaning ‘woods forest’ (see Lin 1 and compare 3 above).7: Cambodian: written លឹម of Chinese origin a variant of Lem 4 and possibly cognate with 6 above.

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

Similar surnames: Lam, Lin, Sim, Lem, Lie, Lum, Lis, Klim, Rim, Lien

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Where is the Lim family from?

You can see how Lim families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Lim family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Lim families were found in USA in 1920. In 1840 there were 2 Lim families living in Pennsylvania. This was about 67% of all the recorded Lim's in USA. Pennsylvania had the highest population of Lim families in 1840.
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What did your Lim ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Cook and Waitress were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Lim. 23% of Lim men worked as a Cook and 15% of Lim women worked as a Waitress. Some less common occupations for Americans named Lim were Farmer 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

  • Cook
  • Laborer
  • Waiter
  • Farmer

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Waitress
  • Laborer
  • Housework
  • Housekeeper
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Passenger Lists

There are 22,000 immigration records available for the last name Lim. 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 1,000 military records available for the last name Lim. For the veterans among your Lim ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Lim lifespan?

Between 1954 and 2004, in the United States, Lim life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1961, and highest in 2002. The average life expectancy for Lim in 1954 was 58, and 71 in 2004.

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