Balsam Family History

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Balsam Name Meaning

Jewish (Ashkenazic): ornamental name from German Balsam or Yiddish balzam ‘balm’, ‘balsam’. German: occupational name for a seller of spices and perfumes, from Latin balsamum ‘balsam’, ‘aromatic resin’. German: variant of Balsel (see Baltzell). English: habitational name from Balsham in Cambridgeshire, named with an Old English personal name, Bæll(i), + ham ‘homestead’, ‘village’, or Balstone in Devon.

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

Similar surnames: Ballam, Barham, Balsamo, Dallam, Hallam, Basa, Balcom, Balser

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Balsam Family Origin

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Balsam Family Occupations

What did your Balsam ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, a less common occupation for the Balsam family was Builder. Carpenter, Farmer and Brick Mason were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Balsam. The most common Balsam occupation in the USA was Carpenter. 25% of Balsam's were Carpenters.

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  • Carpenter

  • Farmer

  • Brick Mason

  • Builder


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Balsam Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 3,000 census records available for the last name Balsam. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Balsam census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 1,000 immigration records available for the last name Balsam. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in Canada, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Card

There are 720 military records available for the last name Balsam. For the veterans among your Balsam ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Balsam Life Expectancy

What is the average Balsam lifespan?

Between 1962 and 2004, in the United States, Balsam life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1993, and highest in 1989. The average life expectancy for Balsam in 1962 was 78, and 79 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Balsam ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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