Barnum Family History

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Barnum Name Meaning

English: habitational name from any of various places called Barnham, for example in Norfolk, Suffolk, and West Sussex. They are probably all named with the Old English byname Beorn(a) (see Barnes 2) or Old English beorn ‘warrior’ + ham ‘homestead’.

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

Similar surnames: Barham, Barnes, Borum, Harcum, Barney, Varnum, Baum, Narum, Marum

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Barnum Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Barnum name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Barnum. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


  • Eastern Europe & Russia


  • Norway


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Barnum Family Origin

Where is the Barnum family from?

Barnum Family Occupations

What did your Barnum ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, Farmer, Agent and Chamber Maid were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Barnum. The most common Barnum occupation in Canada was Farmer. 49% of Barnum's were Farmers. A less common occupation for the Barnum family was College Student.

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  • Farmer

  • Agent

  • Chamber Maid

  • College Student


Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Barnum ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Barnum Historical Records

What Barnum family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 42,000 census records available for the last name Barnum. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Barnum 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 2,000 immigration records available for the last name Barnum. 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 11,000 military records available for the last name Barnum. For the veterans among your Barnum ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Barnum Life Expectancy

What is the average Barnum lifespan?

Between 1945 and 2004, in the United States, Barnum life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1953, and highest in 2001. The average life expectancy for Barnum in 1945 was 43, and 77 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Barnum 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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