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Thum Name Meaning

English: nickname from Middle English thum ‘thumb’, for someone with a missing or deformed thumb, or for someone of very small size. Compare the folk tale of ‘Tom Thumb’. German: from a short form (of Slavic origin) of the personal name Thomas. German: habitational name from places called Thum in Rhineland and Saxony, or Thumen in Bavaria, or a topographic name from Middle High German tuom ‘episcopal church’ (Dom).

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


Similar surnames: Thun, Thuma, Baum, Thul, Thumm, Thums, Tham, Tyus, Ihm, Orum

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Where is the Thum family from?

You can see how Thum families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Thum family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Thum families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there was 1 Thum family living in Maryland. This was 100% of all the recorded Thum's in the USA. Maryland had the highest population of Thum families in 1840.
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What did your Thum ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Thum. 28% of Thum men worked as a Farmer and 34% of Thum women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Thum were Farm Laborer and Teacher.

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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
    28%
  • Laborer
    12%
  • Machinist
    9%
  • Farm Laborer
    6%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housewife
    34%
  • Clerk
    14%
  • Secretary
    14%
  • Teacher
    14%
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Census Records

There are 4,000 census records available for the last name Thum. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Thum 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 Thum. 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 3,000 military records available for the last name Thum. For the veterans among your Thum ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Thum lifespan?

Between 1952 and 2004, in the United States, Thum life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1952, and highest in 1975. The average life expectancy for Thum in 1952 was 36, and 62 in 2004.

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