Lyman Family History

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Lyman Name Meaning

English: topographic name for someone who lived near a meadow or a patch of arable land (see Layman). Dutch: from a Germanic personal name composed of the elements liut ‘people’, or possibly liub ‘dear’, ‘beloved’ + man ‘man’. Americanized form of German Leimann, Americanized form of Leinemann, habitational name for someone from Leine in Pomerania, or for someone who lived by either of two rivers called Leine, near Hannover and in Saxony.

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

Similar surnames: Layman, Eyman, Ryman, Elfman, Osman, Wyman, Lipman, Boman, Allman

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Lyman Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Lyman name?

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

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


  • Norway


  • Sweden


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Lyman Family Origin

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Lyman Family Occupations

What did your Lyman ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, the most common Lyman occupation in the USA was Farmer. 32% of Lyman's were Farmers. A less common occupation for the Lyman family was Carpenter. Farmer, Keeping House and Laborer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Lyman.

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  • Farmer

  • Keeping House

  • Laborer

  • Carpenter


Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Lyman ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Lyman Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 102,000 census records available for the last name Lyman. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Lyman 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 11,000 immigration records available for the last name Lyman. 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 24,000 military records available for the last name Lyman. For the veterans among your Lyman ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Lyman Life Expectancy

What is the average Lyman lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Lyman life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1950, and highest in 1982. The average life expectancy for Lyman in 1940 was 45, and 75 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Lyman ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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