Markham Family History

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Markham Name Meaning

English: habitational name from a place in Nottinghamshire, named in Old English as ‘homestead at a (district) boundary’, from mearc ‘boundary’ + ham ‘homestead’. Irish: English surname used as an equivalent of Gaelic Ó Marcacháin ‘descendant of Marcachán’, a diminutive of Marcach (see Markey). This is a Galway surname, which is sometimes ‘translated’ as Ryder.

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

Similar surnames: Harpham, Barham, Rackham, Kirkham, Parham, Wareham, Packham, Farnham

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Markham Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Markham name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Markham. 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


  • Eastern Europe & Russia


  • Norway


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Markham Family Origin

Where is the Markham family from?

Markham Family Occupations

What did your Markham ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, the most common Markham occupation in the USA was Farmer. 40% of Markham's were Farmers. Farmer, Laborer and Keeping House were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Markham. A less common occupation for the Markham family was Farming.

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  • Farmer

  • Laborer

  • Keeping House

  • Farming


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

Markham Historical Records

What Markham family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 137,000 census records available for the last name Markham. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Markham 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 Markham. 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 18,000 military records available for the last name Markham. For the veterans among your Markham ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Markham Life Expectancy

What is the average Markham lifespan?

Between 1943 and 2004, in the United States, Markham life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1945, and highest in 1985. The average life expectancy for Markham in 1943 was 36, and 75 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Markham 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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