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Dahlem Name Meaning

Norwegian: habitational name from any of several farmsteads named Dalem, from Old Norse dalr ‘valley’ + heim ‘home’. German: habitational name from any of the places in western Germany named Dahlem: near Lüneburg, Bitburg, Trier, and Berlin (now a suburb).

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


Similar surnames: Dahlen, Dahle, Dale, Dahler, Dahl, Dahlby, Dallam, Mahlum, Bahler

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Where is the Dahlem family from?

You can see how Dahlem families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Dahlem family name was found in the USA between 1880 and 1920. The most Dahlem families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1880 there were 36 Dahlem families living in Illinois. This was about 36% of all the recorded Dahlem's in the USA. Illinois had the highest population of Dahlem families in 1880.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Dahlem surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Dahlem ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Stenographer were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Dahlem. 27% of Dahlem men worked as a Laborer and 24% of Dahlem women worked as a Stenographer. Some less common occupations for Americans named Dahlem were Farm Operator and Bookkeeper.

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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.

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Top Male Occupations in 1940

  • Laborer
    27%
  • Farmer
    27%
  • Manager
    13%
  • Farm Operator
    7%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Stenographer
    24%
  • Housewife
    15%
  • Laborer
    15%
  • Bookkeeper
    15%
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Census Records

There are 2,000 census records available for the last name Dahlem. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Dahlem census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger Lists

There are 371 immigration records available for the last name Dahlem. 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 Cards

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

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What is the average Dahlem lifespan?

Between 1957 and 2004, in the United States, Dahlem life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1957, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Dahlem in 1957 was 49, and 88 in 2004.

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