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Wickham Name Meaning

English (southeastern): habitational name from any of various places called with Old English wīc ‘specialized farm dairy farm’ + hām ‘homestead’ such as Wicham (Kent) Wickham (Berkshire Essex Hampshire) Wickhambreux (Kent) Wickhambrook (Suffolk) Wyckham (Sussex) Wycomb (Leicestershire) or Wykeham (Lincolnshire North Yorkshire). Perhaps also from High Wycombe and West Wycombe (both Buckinghamshire) which had forms in -ham from the 16th century. In some instances however wīc-hām is associated with a Romano-British town and wīc is an adaptation of Latin vicus. This is the case for Wickhambrook in Suffolk the Roman association probably being the Roman villa at nearby Lidgate. Similarly Wickham Market also in Suffolk is associated with a large Roman settlement in nearby Hacheston. The surname is now also common in Ireland (Wexford) where it was taken in the 17th century.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022

Similar surnames: Bickham, Witham, Windham, Winham, Bingham, Kirkham, Beckham, Rackham

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You can see how Wickham families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Wickham family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Wickham families were found in USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 67 Wickham families living in New York. This was about 48% of all the recorded Wickham's in USA. New York had the highest population of Wickham families in 1840.
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What did your Wickham ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Wickham. 18% of Wickham men worked as a Farmer and 16% of Wickham women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Wickham were Truck Driver and Bookkeeper. .

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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

  • Farmer
  • Laborer
  • Salesman
  • Truck Driver

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Housewife
  • Stenographer
  • Teacher
  • Bookkeeper
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What is the average Wickham lifespan?

Between 1945 and 2004, in the United States, Wickham life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1945, and highest in 1996. The average life expectancy for Wickham in 1945 was 42, and 72 in 2004.

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