Sam Name Meaning

English: from a pet form of the personal name Samson (see Samson). Dutch (van Sam): variant of Van den Sand (see Sand 2). Nigerian and Ghanaian: unexplained. Chinese : variant of Shen. Chinese : variant of Shum. Other Southeast Asian: unexplained.

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


Similar surnames: Sham, Lam, Kam, Sum, San, Sax, Dam, Ham, Sak, Sim

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Sam Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Sam name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Sam. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales

    19%

  • Native American—North, Central, South

    8%

  • Cameroon, Congo, & Southern Bantu Peoples

    7%

  • Ireland & Scotland

    7%

  • China

    6%

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Sam Family Origin

Where is the Sam family from?

Sam Family Occupations

What did your Sam ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, the most common Sam occupation in the USA was Farmer. 16% of Sam's were Farmers. Farmer, Laborer and Farm Laborer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Sam. A less common occupation for the Sam family was Miner.

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  • Farmer

    16%
  • Laborer

    12%
  • Farm Laborer

    6%
  • Miner

    6%

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Sam Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 50,000 census records available for the last name Sam. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Samcensus 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 20,000 immigration records available for the last name Sam. 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 5,000 military records available for the last name Sam. For the veterans among your Sam ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Sam Life Expectancy

What is the average Sam lifespan?

Between 1945 and 2004, in the United States, Sam life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1956, and highest in 1962. The average life expectancy for Sam in 1945 was 29, and 55 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Sam 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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