Putnam Family History

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Putnam Name Meaning

English: habitational name from either of two places, in Hertfordshire and Surrey, called Puttenham, from the genitive case of the Old English byname Putta, meaning ‘kite’ (the bird) + Old English ham ‘homestead’.

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


Similar surnames: Putney, Debnam, Dunham, Perham, Tatham, Dignam, Parham, Turnham

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Putnam Family Origin

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Putnam Family Occupations

What did your Putnam ancestors do for a living?

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

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  • Farmer

    38%
  • Keeping House

    6%
  • Laborer

    4%
  • Carpenter

    3%

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

Putnam Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 3,000 census records available for the last name Putnam. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Putnam 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 642 immigration records available for the last name Putnam. 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 1,000 military records available for the last name Putnam. For the veterans among your Putnam ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Putnam Life Expectancy

What is the average Putnam lifespan?

Between 1942 and 2004, in the United States, Putnam life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1950, and highest in 2001. The average life expectancy for Putnam in 1942 was 54, and 74 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Putnam

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Putnam 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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