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Sem Name Meaning

Norwegian: habitational name from any of about fifteen farms so named, a variant of Seim. Slovenian: from the medieval personal name Sem, a shortened form of Simon. Cambodian: unexplained. Indian (Panjab): Hindu (Saraswat Brahman) name of unknown meaning.

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


Similar surnames: Som, Seim, Sim, Siem, Sam, Osen, Lem, Sens, Sas, Seo

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Where is the Sem family from?

You can see how Sem families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Sem family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Sem families were found in the USA in 1920. In 1840 there was 1 Sem family living in New York. This was 100% of all the recorded Sem's in the USA. New York had the highest population of Sem families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Sem surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Sem ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Teacher were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Sem. 42% of Sem men worked as a Farmer and 38% of Sem women worked as a Teacher. Some less common occupations for Americans named Sem were Carpenter and Sewing Room.

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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
    42%
  • Cook
    24%
  • Laborer
    21%
  • Carpenter
    9%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Teacher
    38%
  • Housewife
    38%
  • Sewing Room
    25%
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What Sem family records will you find?

Census Records

There are 2,000 census records available for the last name Sem. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Sem census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger Lists

There are 1,000 immigration records available for the last name Sem. 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 279 military records available for the last name Sem. For the veterans among your Sem ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Sem lifespan?

Between 1963 and 2004, in the United States, Sem life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1995, and highest in 1988. The average life expectancy for Sem in 1963 was 69, and 71 in 2004.

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