Plum Family History

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Plum Name Meaning

English and North German: from Middle English plum(b)e, Middle Low German plum(e) ‘plum’, hence a topographic name for someone who lived by a plum tree, or a metonymic occupational name for a fruit grower. Reaney and Wilson, however, derive the English name from Old French plomb ‘lead’ (Latin plumbum), regarding it as a metonymic occupational name for a plumber. German and Jewish (Ashkenazic): variant of Blum.Americanized form of Pflum.

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

Similar surnames: Plume, Baum, Blum, Lum, Palm, Plog, Flum, Plump, Alm, Prus

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Plum Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Plum name?

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


  • Sweden


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Plum Family Origin

Where is the Plum family from?

Plum Family Occupations

What did your Plum ancestors do for a living?

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

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  • Farmer

  • Laborer

  • Carpenter

  • Keeping House


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

Plum Historical Records

What Plum family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 26,000 census records available for the last name Plum. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Plum 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 2,000 immigration records available for the last name Plum. 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 4,000 military records available for the last name Plum. For the veterans among your Plum ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Plum Life Expectancy

What is the average Plum lifespan?

Between 1947 and 2004, in the United States, Plum life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1947, and highest in 2001. The average life expectancy for Plum in 1947 was 40, and 71 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Plum 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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