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Windham Name Meaning

English: habitational name usually from the Norfolk placename Wymondham which is locally pronounced /wɪndəm/. The placename probably derives from the Old English personal name Wīgmund + Old English hām ‘village homestead’. By various marriages in the 16th century the Wyndham family of Felbrigg Hall Norfolk acquired estates in North Yorkshire and Somerset for which reason the manor of Orchard in the parish of Watchet came to be known as Orchard Wyndham in the early 17th century. Later descendants became earls of Egremont whose estates included Petworth in Sussex. This and other marital acquistions probably explain the post-medieval presence of the surname in Somerset Devon Dorset Wiltshire Gloucestershire northern England and perhaps also (from the late 17th century) in Sussex and Kent. In 1741 Percy Wyndham of the Orchard family inherited the earldom of Thomond in Ireland which may account for the currency of the name in Connaght (see 4 below). English: habitational name perhaps occasionally from Wymondham in Leicestershire. The placename derives from the Old English personal name Wīgmund (genitive Wīgmundes) + Old English hām ‘village homestead’. English: habitational name from Wyndham in Shermanbury (Sussex). The placename derives from an Old English personal name Winda + Old English hamm ‘water meadow’. Irish (Connacht): Anglicized (‘translated’) form of Gaelic Ó Gaoithín ‘descendant of Gaoithín’ (see Gahan ) by linking Irish gaoth ‘wind’ with the name Wyndham.

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

Similar surnames: Winham, Bingham, Witham, Woodham, Worsham, Fincham, Ingham, Kingham

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You can see how Windham families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Windham family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Windham families were found in USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 22 Windham families living in Alabama. This was about 24% of all the recorded Windham's in USA. Alabama had the highest population of Windham families in 1840.
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What did your Windham ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Laborer were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Windham. 32% of Windham men worked as a Farmer and 9% of Windham women worked as a Laborer. Some less common occupations for Americans named Windham were Salesman 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

  • Farmer
  • Laborer
  • Farming
  • Salesman

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Laborer
  • Farmer
  • Housewife
  • Teacher
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Between 1943 and 2004, in the United States, Windham life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1958, and highest in 1990. The average life expectancy for Windham in 1943 was 23, and 74 in 2004.

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