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Bellingham Surname Meaning

English: habitational name from any of the places called Bellingham in Greater London (formerly in Kent) and Northumberland. The former is named with Old English Beringahām ‘homestead (Old English hām) of the followers of Be(o)ra’ a byname meaning ‘bear’; the latter seems to have been originally named as the ‘homestead of the dwellers at the bell’ from Old English belle used in a transferred sense of a bell-shaped hill.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022

Similar surnames: Ellingham, Billingham, Allingham, Gillingham, Dillingham, Burlingham

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Where is the Bellingham family from?

You can see how Bellingham families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Bellingham family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1841 and 1920. The most Bellingham families were found in United Kingdom in 1891. In 1911 there were 26 Bellingham families living in Ontario. This was about 41% of all the recorded Bellingham's in Canada. Ontario had the highest population of Bellingham families in 1911.
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What did your Bellingham ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Farmer was the top reported job for people in the Canada named Bellingham. 46% of Bellingham men worked as a Farmer. .

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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 1921

  • Farmer
  • Lathe Hand
  • Fr
  • Laborer
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Passenger Lists

There are 3,000 immigration records available for the last name Bellingham. 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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There are 1,000 military records available for the last name Bellingham. For the veterans among your Bellingham ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Bellingham lifespan?

Between 1956 and 2004, in the United States, Bellingham life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1966, and highest in 2003. The average life expectancy for Bellingham in 1956 was 49, and 84 in 2004.

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