Needham Family History

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Needham Name Meaning

English: habitational name from places in Derbyshire, Norfolk, and Suffolk, so named from Old English ned ‘need’, ‘hardship’ + ham ‘homestead’, i.e. a place that provided a poor living. Irish (County Mayo): English surname adopted as an equivalent of Irish Ó Niadh (see Nee).

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

Similar surnames: Newham, Windham, Derham, Feltham, Gresham, Woodham, Beckham, Denham

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Needham Family Origin

Where is the Needham family from?

Needham Family Occupations

What did your Needham ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, a less common occupation for the Needham family was Carpenter. The most common Needham occupation in the USA was Farmer. 38% of Needham's were Farmers. Farmer, Keeping House and Laborer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Needham.

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  • Farmer

  • Keeping House

  • Laborer

  • Carpenter


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

Needham Historical Records

What Needham family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 162,000 census records available for the last name Needham. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Needham 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 13,000 immigration records available for the last name Needham. 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 Needham. For the veterans among your Needham ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Needham Life Expectancy

What is the average Needham lifespan?

Between 1942 and 2004, in the United States, Needham life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1943, and highest in 1999. The average life expectancy for Needham in 1942 was 48, and 75 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Needham

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Needham 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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