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Salm Name Meaning

German and Dutch: from Middle High German salm Dutch zalm ‘salmon’ probably in most cases a topographic or habitational name referring to a house identified by the sign of a salmon but in some cases an occupational name for a salmon fisher. German and French (Alsace and Lorraine): habitational name from Salm on the Mosel or from Salm in Alsace. Dutch (Van Salm): habitational name from Zalm in Dutch Limburg.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022

Similar surnames: Palm, Sala, Sahm, Salb, Sale, Galm, Saam, Salz, Saum, Alm

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Where is the Salm family from?

You can see how Salm families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Salm family name was found in the USA, and Canada between 1840 and 1920. The most Salm families were found in USA in 1880. In 1840 there was 1 Salm family living in Georgia. This was 100% of all the recorded Salm's in USA. Georgia had the highest population of Salm families in 1840.
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What did your Salm ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housework were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Salm. 35% of Salm men worked as a Farmer and 22% of Salm women worked as a Housework. Some less common occupations for Americans named Salm were Clerk and Seamstress. .

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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

  • Farmer
  • Laborer
  • Salesman
  • Clerk

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Housework
  • Housekeeper
  • Teacher
  • Seamstress
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Passenger Lists

There are 1,000 immigration records available for the last name Salm. 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 1,000 military records available for the last name Salm. For the veterans among your Salm ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Salm lifespan?

Between 1952 and 2004, in the United States, Salm life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1952, and highest in 1997. The average life expectancy for Salm in 1952 was 48, and 78 in 2004.

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