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Pelham Family History

Pelham Name Meaning

English (mainly Sussex): habitational name from Pelham in Hertfordshire, so called from the Old English personal name Peotla + Old English ham ‘homestead’.

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

Similar surnames: Perham, Mepham, Derham, Feltham, Elam, Popham, Denham, Benham, Dunham

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Where is the Pelham family from?

You can see how Pelham families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Pelham family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Pelham families were found in USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 17 Pelham families living in New York. This was about 23% of all the recorded Pelham's in USA. New York had the highest population of Pelham families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Pelham surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Pelham ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Maid were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Pelham. 25% of Pelham men worked as a Laborer and 9% of Pelham women worked as a Maid. Some less common occupations for Americans named Pelham were Salesman and Teacher. .

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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

  • Laborer
  • Farmer
  • Truck Driver
  • Salesman

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Maid
  • Waitress
  • Housekeeper
  • Teacher
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Census Records

There are 26,000 census records available for the last name Pelham. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Pelham census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger Lists

There are 2,000 immigration records available for the last name Pelham. 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 5,000 military records available for the last name Pelham. For the veterans among your Pelham ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Pelham lifespan?

Between 1948 and 2004, in the United States, Pelham life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1950, and highest in 1997. The average life expectancy for Pelham in 1948 was 40, and 74 in 2004.

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