Nam Name Meaning

Korean: there is only one Chinese character for the surname Nam, meaning ‘south’. As many as fifty-seven Nam clans are mentioned in the records, but of these only four can be positively documented. The founding ancestor of the Nam clans was a man named Kim Ch’ung. He was an emissary from Tang, China, on his way to Japan when a southerly storm blew his ship northward and forced it aground in Shilla, Korea. The Shilla king Kyongdok (742–765), noting that he had come from the south, renamed the emissary Nam in 755.

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


Similar surnames: Ham, Na, Ram, Lam, Kam, Nahm, Hao, Sam, Tam, Hau

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Nam Family Origin

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Nam Family Occupations

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  • Farmer

    33%
  • Farm Labor

    17%
  • Lumber Surveyor

    17%
  • School Teacher

    17%

In 1880, the most common Nam occupation in the USA was Farmer. 33% of Nam's were Farmers. A less common occupation for the Nam family was School Teacher. Farmer, Farm Labor and Lumber Surveyor were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Nam.

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Between 1944 and 2004, Nam life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1978, and highest in 1962. The average life expectancy for Nam in 1944 was 35, and 83 in 2004.

Source: Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Nam

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