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Plum Family History

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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Where is the Plum family from?

You can see how Plum families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Plum family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Plum families were found in USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 20 Plum families living in New York. This was about 22% of all the recorded Plum's in USA. New York and 1 other state had the highest population of Plum families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Plum surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Plum ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Stenographer were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Plum. 19% of Plum men worked as a Laborer and 12% of Plum women worked as a Stenographer. Some less common occupations for Americans named Plum were Clerk and Housework. .

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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
    19%
  • Farmer
    16%
  • Salesman
    7%
  • Clerk
    5%

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Stenographer
    12%
  • Housewife
    10%
  • Clerk
    10%
  • Housework
    10%
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Census Records

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 Lists

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 Cards

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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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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