Bellingham Family History

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Bellingham Name Meaning

English: habitational name from places called Bellingham, in Greater London (formerly in Kent) and Northumberland. The former is named with Old English Beringaham ‘homestead (Old English ham) 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 ©2013, Oxford University Press

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

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Bellingham Family Origin

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Bellingham Family Occupations

What did your Bellingham ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, a less common occupation for the Bellingham family was Printer. The most common Bellingham occupation in Canada was Clerk. 33% of Bellingham's were Clerks. Clerk and Dressmaker were the top 2 reported jobs worked by Bellingham.

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  • Clerk

  • Dressmaker

  • Printer


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Bellingham Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 26,000 census records available for the last name Bellingham. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Bellingham 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 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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Draft Card

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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Bellingham Life Expectancy

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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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