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Varnum Name Meaning

English (southwestern): variant of Farnham reflecting the voicing of f that was characteristic of southwestern dialects of Middle English.

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

Similar surnames: Barnum, Farnum, Harcum, Baum, Varni, Varney, Farnam, Parham, Marum

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Where is the Varnum family from?

You can see how Varnum families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Varnum family name was found in the USA, the UK, and Canada between 1840 and 1920. The most Varnum families were found in USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 23 Varnum families living in Massachusetts. This was about 26% of all the recorded Varnum's in USA. Massachusetts had the highest population of Varnum families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Varnum surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Varnum ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Varnum. 23% of Varnum men worked as a Laborer and 15% of Varnum women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Varnum were Truck Driver 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

  • Laborer
  • Farmer
  • Carpenter
  • Truck Driver

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Housewife
  • Waitress
  • Stenographer
  • Teacher
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

There are 543 immigration records available for the last name Varnum. 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 4,000 military records available for the last name Varnum. For the veterans among your Varnum ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Varnum lifespan?

Between 1959 and 2004, in the United States, Varnum life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1959, and highest in 2002. The average life expectancy for Varnum in 1959 was 59, and 75 in 2004.

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