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Tham Family History

Tham Name Meaning

Vietnamese: unexplained. Variant spelling of German Thamm, from a short form of the personal name Thankmar, from Germanic þank ‘thought’ + mari ‘famous’.

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


Similar surnames: Thum, Ham, Sham, Thaw, Cham, Thau, Thamm, Hau, Thaut, Thon

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Where is the Tham family from?

You can see how Tham families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Tham family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1841 and 1920. The most Tham families were found in the UK in 1891. In 1880 there were 4 Tham families living in Iowa. This was about 31% of all the recorded Tham's in the USA. Iowa and 1 other state had the highest population of Tham families in 1880.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Tham surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Tham ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housekeeper were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Tham. 31% of Tham men worked as a Farmer and 43% of Tham women worked as a Housekeeper. Some less common occupations for Americans named Tham were Medical Doctor and Stenographer.

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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
    31%
  • Helper
    14%
  • Salesman
    14%
  • Medical Doctor
    9%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housekeeper
    43%
  • Housewife
    29%
  • Stenographer
    29%
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Census Records

There are 3,000 census records available for the last name Tham. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Tham 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 Tham. 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 234 military records available for the last name Tham. For the veterans among your Tham ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Tham lifespan?

Between 1965 and 2004, in the United States, Tham life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1993, and highest in 1981. The average life expectancy for Tham in 1965 was 86, and 78 in 2004.

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