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Wakeham Name Meaning

English:: habitational name primarily from Wakeham in Devon named from the Old English byname Waca (meaning ‘watchful’) + Old English hām ‘village homestead’ or hamm ‘water meadow’. habitational name from Wakeham in Terwick (Sussex) which has the same etymology as the placename in 1 above.

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


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

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Where is the Wakeham family from?

You can see how Wakeham families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Wakeham family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Wakeham families were found in United Kingdom in 1891. In 1840 there were 2 Wakeham families living in New York. This was about 29% of all the recorded Wakeham's in USA. New York had the highest population of Wakeham families in 1840.
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What did your Wakeham ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Bookkeeper were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Wakeham. 25% of Wakeham men worked as a Laborer and 30% of Wakeham women worked as a Bookkeeper. Some less common occupations for Americans named Wakeham were Engineer 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
    25%
  • Farmer
    15%
  • Salesman
    15%
  • Engineer
    15%

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Bookkeeper
    30%
  • Stenographer
    30%
  • Clerk
    20%
  • Teacher
    20%
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Census Records

There are 20,000 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 Lists

There are 2,000 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 Cards

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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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.

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