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Salm Name Meaning

German (southwest and Rhineland) and Dutch: from Middle High German salm, Dutch zalm ‘salmon’, probably in most cases a habitational name from a house distinguished by the sign of a salmon, but in some cases an occupational name for a salmon fisher. German: habitational name from Salm on the Mosel, or from Salm in Alsace. Dutch (Van Salm): habitational name from Zalm in Dutch Limburg or Vielsalm in the Belgian province of Luxembourg.

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


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 the USA in 1880. In 1840 there was 1 Salm family living in Georgia. This was 100% of all the recorded Salm's in the 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 US 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
    35%
  • Laborer
    13%
  • Salesman
    9%
  • Clerk
    6%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housework
    22%
  • Housekeeper
    15%
  • Housewife
    11%
  • Seamstress
    11%
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Census Records

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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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