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Wareham Name Meaning

English (Dorset and Hampshire): habitational name from Wareham (Dorset) or perhaps sometimes from Warham (Norfolk) or Warham in Breinton (Herefordshire). The placenames derive from Old English wer wær ‘weir’ + hām ‘village homestead’ or hamm ‘water meadow’.

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


Similar surnames: Wakeham, Farnham, Worsham, Barham, Derham, Parham, Wortham, Burcham

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Where is the Wareham family from?

You can see how Wareham families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Wareham family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Wareham families were found in United Kingdom in 1891. In 1840 there were 9 Wareham families living in Ohio. This was about 30% of all the recorded Wareham's in USA. Ohio had the highest population of Wareham families in 1840.
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What did your Wareham ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Teacher were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Wareham. 20% of Wareham men worked as a Laborer and 17% of Wareham women worked as a Teacher. Some less common occupations for Americans named Wareham were Carpenter and Waitress. .

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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
    20%
  • Farmer
    13%
  • Salesman
    10%
  • Carpenter
    6%

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Teacher
    17%
  • Housewife
    14%
  • House
    9%
  • Waitress
    9%
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Census Records

There are 39,000 census records available for the last name Wareham. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Wareham 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 4,000 immigration records available for the last name Wareham. 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 Wareham. For the veterans among your Wareham ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Wareham lifespan?

Between 1955 and 2004, in the United States, Wareham life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1955, and highest in 1974. The average life expectancy for Wareham in 1955 was 40, and 75 in 2004.

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