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Somes Family History

Somes Name Meaning

English: habitational name from places in Cambridgeshire and Suffolk called Soham, from Old English sa ‘sea’, ‘lake’ (a byform of s?) + ham ‘homestead’.

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

Similar surnames: Sales, Symes, Tomes, Simes, Sames, Homer, Comer, Soden, Somma, Domes

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Where is the Somes family from?

You can see how Somes families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Somes family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Somes families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 22 Somes families living in Maine. This was about 44% of all the recorded Somes's in the USA. Maine had the highest population of Somes families in 1840.
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What did your Somes ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Clerk were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Somes. 22% of Somes men worked as a Laborer and 21% of Somes women worked as a Clerk. Some less common occupations for Americans named Somes were Truck Driver and Housewife.

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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

  • Laborer
  • Farmer
  • Salesman
  • Truck Driver

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Clerk
  • Stenographer
  • Saleswoman
  • Housewife
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Census Records

There are 9,000 census records available for the last name Somes. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Somes 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 983 immigration records available for the last name Somes. 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 Somes. For the veterans among your Somes ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Somes lifespan?

Between 1952 and 2004, in the United States, Somes life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1952, and highest in 1988. The average life expectancy for Somes in 1952 was 36, and 74 in 2004.

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