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Windham Name Meaning

English: habitational name from Wyndham in West Sussex, near West Grinstead, probably named from an unattested Old English personal name Winda + Old English hamm ‘water meadow’; or from Wymondham in Leicestershire and Norfolk, named from the Old English personal name Wigmund (see Wyman) + Old English ham ‘homestead’. The name de Wyndem is found in Westmorland as early as 1284, and the surname may additionally derive from some unidentified place in northern England. Irish (Connacht): Anglicized (‘translated’) form of Gaelic Ó Gaoithín ‘descendant of Gaoithín’ (see Gahan).

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

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

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Where is the Windham family from?

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 the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 22 Windham families living in Alabama. This was about 24% of all the recorded Windham's in the 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 US 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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Passenger Lists

There are 2,000 immigration records available for the last name Windham. 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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There are 9,000 military records available for the last name Windham. For the veterans among your Windham ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Windham lifespan?

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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