Sams Family History

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Sams Name Meaning

English: patronymic from a short form of Samuel.

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

Similar surnames: Samms, Syms, Tams, Samis, Samsa, Sims, Samp, Sam, Mars, Sales

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Sams Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Sams name?

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


  • Cameroon, Congo, & Southern Bantu Peoples


  • Benin/Togo


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Sams Family Origin

Where is the Sams family from?

Sams Family Occupations

What did your Sams ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, the most common Sams occupation in the USA was Farmer. 50% of Sams's were Farmers. A less common occupation for the Sams family was Farming. Farmer, Laborer and Keeping House were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Sams.

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  • Farmer

  • Laborer

  • Keeping House

  • Farming


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

Sams Historical Records

What Sams family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 66,000 census records available for the last name Sams. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Sams 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 3,000 immigration records available for the last name Sams. 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 13,000 military records available for the last name Sams. For the veterans among your Sams ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Sams Life Expectancy

What is the average Sams lifespan?

Between 1941 and 2004, in the United States, Sams life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 1998. The average life expectancy for Sams in 1941 was 39, and 72 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Sams 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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