Beam Name Meaning

English: from Old English beam ‘beam’, ‘post’, a term with various applications. It denoted the beam of a loom and was therefore in some cases a metonymic occupational name for a weaver. In others it was a topographic name for someone who lived by a post or tree, or by a footbridge made from a tree trunk. Americanized form of German Boehm, or sometimes of Baum.

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


Similar surnames: Beal, Bean, Bear, Baum, Beck, Best, Bream, Behm, Byam, Bram

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Beam Family Origin

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Beam Family Occupations

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  • Farmer

    36%
  • Going To School

    24%
  • Farmerson

    4%
  • Labourer

    4%

In 1881, the most common Beam occupation in Canada was Farmer. 36% of Beam's were Farmers. Farmer, Going To School and Farmerson were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Beam. A less common occupation for the Beam family was Labourer.

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Beam Life Expectancy

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Between 1942 and 2004, Beam life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1953, and highest in 1983. The average life expectancy for Beam in 1942 was 34, and 76 in 2004.

Source: Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Beam

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