Van Dam Family History

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Van Dam Name Meaning

Dutch and Belgian: habitational name for someone from any of the numerous places called Dam (for example in Utrecht province and in Gennep, Limberg) or Ten Damme (for example in Overijssel), or from other places named for a dam, dike, or pond (for example Stadje Damme in West Flanders).

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

Similar surnames: Van Camp, Van Dale, Van Eck, Van Ryn, Van Loo, Van Ess, Van Zyl

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Van Dam Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Van Dam name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Van Dam. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales


  • Germanic Europe


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Norway


  • Sweden


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Van Dam Family Origin

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Van Dam Family Occupations

What did your Van Dam ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, Farmer, Grocer and Laborer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Van Dam. A less common occupation for the Van Dam family was Brick Mason. The most common Van Dam occupation in the USA was Farmer. 30% of Van Dam's were Farmers.

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  • Farmer

  • Grocer

  • Laborer

  • Brick Mason


Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Van Dam ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Van Dam Historical Records

What Van Dam family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 5,000 census records available for the last name Van Dam. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Van Dam census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 3,000 immigration records available for the last name Van Dam. 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 Card

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

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Van Dam Life Expectancy

What is the average Van Dam lifespan?

Between 1965 and 2004, in the United States, Van Dam life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1974, and highest in 1966. The average life expectancy for Van Dam in 1965 was 72, and 69 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Van Dam ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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