Baum Family History

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Baum Name Meaning

German: topographic name for someone who lived by a tree that was particularly noticeable in some way, from Middle High German, Old High German boum ‘tree’, or else a nickname for a particularly tall person. Jewish (Ashkenazic): ornamental name from German Baum ‘tree’, or a short form of any of the many ornamental surnames containing this word as the final element, for example Feigenbaum ‘fig tree’ (see Feige) and Mandelbaum ‘almond tree’ (see Mandel). English: probably a variant spelling of Balm, a metonymic occupational name for a seller of spices and perfumes, Middle English, Old French basme, balme, ba(u)me ‘balm’, ‘ointment’ (see Balmer).

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

Similar surnames: Bau, Blum, Saum, Ramm, Daum, Hamm, Lau, Damm, Banz, Bahr

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Baum Ethnicity Estimate

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

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  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


  • European Jewish


  • Eastern Europe & Russia


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Baum Family Origin

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Baum Family Occupations

What did your Baum ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, a less common occupation for the Baum family was Tailor. The most common Baum occupation in the USA was Farmer. 30% of Baum's were Farmers. Farmer, Laborer and Keeping House were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Baum.

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  • Farmer

  • Laborer

  • Keeping House

  • Tailor


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Baum Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 90,000 census records available for the last name Baum. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Baum 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 21,000 immigration records available for the last name Baum. 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 24,000 military records available for the last name Baum. For the veterans among your Baum ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Baum Life Expectancy

What is the average Baum lifespan?

Between 1944 and 2004, in the United States, Baum life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1946, and highest in 2000. The average life expectancy for Baum in 1944 was 32, and 77 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Baum 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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