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Sham Family History

Sham Name Meaning

Chinese : variant of Shum. Chinese : variant of Shen 1. Muslim: variant of Cham. This name is found mainly in northwest India (Gujarat). Southeast Asian: unexplained. Perhaps also an altered spelling of French Cham, a habitational name from any of several places called La Champ, named with champ ‘meadow’.

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


Similar surnames: Cham, Ham, Sam, Shan, Shaw, Shah, Shum, Wham, Isham, Hau

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Where is the Sham family from?

You can see how Sham families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Sham family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Sham families were found in United Kingdom in 1891. In 1840 there were 3 Sham families living in Pennsylvania. This was about 30% of all the recorded Sham's in USA. Pennsylvania had the highest population of Sham families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Sham surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Sham ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housekeeper were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Sham. 25% of Sham men worked as a Farmer and 18% of Sham women worked as a Housekeeper. Some less common occupations for Americans named Sham were Clerk and Farmer. .

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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
    25%
  • Laborer
    15%
  • Truck Driver
    10%
  • Clerk
    5%

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Housekeeper
    18%
  • Waitress
    14%
  • Teacher
    14%
  • Farmer
    14%
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Census Records

There are 9,000 census records available for the last name Sham. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Sham 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 Sham. 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 Sham. For the veterans among your Sham ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Sham lifespan?

Between 1964 and 2004, in the United States, Sham life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1971, and highest in 1992. The average life expectancy for Sham in 1964 was 66, and 67 in 2004.

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