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Birmingham Name Meaning

English: habitational name from Birmingham in the West Midlands. In Domesday Book the name is already found as Bermingeham, but it seems likely that it was originally Beornmundingaham ‘homestead (Old English ham) of the people of (-inga-) Beornmund’, a personal name composed of the elements beorn ‘young man’, ‘warrior’ + mund ‘protection’. This name is well established in Ireland (see Bermingham).

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


Similar surnames: Billingham, Bermingham, Burlingham, Willingham, Dillingham

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Birmingham Family Origin

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Birmingham Family Occupations

What did your Birmingham ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, Farmer, Carpenter and Dress Maker were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Birmingham. The most common Birmingham occupation in Canada was Farmer. 36% of Birmingham's were Farmers. A less common occupation for the Birmingham family was Farm Laborer.

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  • Farmer

    36%
  • Carpenter

    4%
  • Dress Maker

    4%
  • Farm Laborer

    4%

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

Birmingham Historical Records

What Birmingham family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 3,000 census records available for the last name Birmingham. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Birmingham 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 642 immigration records available for the last name Birmingham. 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 Birmingham. For the veterans among your Birmingham ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Birmingham Life Expectancy

What is the average Birmingham lifespan?

Between 1942 and 2004, in the United States, Birmingham life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1942, and highest in 2003. The average life expectancy for Birmingham in 1942 was 36, and 73 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Birmingham

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Birmingham 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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