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Wakeham Name Meaning

English (Devon): habitational name, primarily from Wakeham in Devon, named from the Old English byname Waca (meaning ‘watchful’) + Old English ham ‘homestead’, and to a lesser extent from either of two other places called Wakeham: one in Sussex, which has the same etymology, and the other on the Isle of Portland in Dorset, which is probably named from an Old English wacu ‘watch’, ‘wake’ + cumb ‘valley’.

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


Similar surnames: Wareham, Worsham, Windham, Langham, Barham, Woodham, Basham, Farnham

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Wakeham Family Origin

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Wakeham Family Occupations

What did your Wakeham ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, a less common occupation for the Wakeham family was Coachman. Farmer, Carpenter and Tailor were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Wakeham. The most common Wakeham occupation in the USA was Farmer. 17% of Wakeham's were Farmers.

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  • Farmer

    17%
  • Carpenter

    8%
  • Tailor

    8%
  • Coachman

    4%

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

Wakeham Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 3,000 census records available for the last name Wakeham. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Wakeham 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 642 immigration records available for the last name Wakeham. 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 Wakeham. For the veterans among your Wakeham ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Wakeham Life Expectancy

What is the average Wakeham lifespan?

Between 1962 and 2004, in the United States, Wakeham life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1971, and highest in 1999. The average life expectancy for Wakeham in 1962 was 73, and 79 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Wakeham

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Wakeham 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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