Putman Family History

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Putman Name Meaning

English: variant of Pitman ‘dweller by the pit or hollow’, formed with Middle English putte, a dialect form common in southern and southwestern England. Dutch: from put ‘pit’ or ‘well’ + man ‘man’, a topographic name for someone who lived by such a feature, or a habitational name derived from a minor place named with the term. Americanized spelling of North German Püttmann, a topographic name cognate with 2.

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

Similar surnames: Gutman, Outman, Oatman, Rutman, Patman, Pitman, Butman, Pittman

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Putman Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Putman name?

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


  • Norway


  • Sweden


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Putman Family Origin

Where is the Putman family from?

Putman Family Occupations

What did your Putman ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, a less common occupation for the Putman family was Farming. The most common Putman occupation in the USA was Farmer. 44% of Putman's were Farmers. Farmer, Laborer and Farm Laborer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Putman.

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  • Farmer

  • Laborer

  • Farm Laborer

  • Farming


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

Putman Historical Records

What Putman family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 73,000 census records available for the last name Putman. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Putman 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 4,000 immigration records available for the last name Putman. 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 11,000 military records available for the last name Putman. For the veterans among your Putman ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Putman Life Expectancy

What is the average Putman lifespan?

Between 1945 and 2004, in the United States, Putman life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1958, and highest in 1998. The average life expectancy for Putman in 1945 was 46, and 74 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Putman

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Putman 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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