Dunham Family History

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Dunham Name Meaning

English (chiefly Norfolk): habitational name from any of several places called Dunham, of which one is in Norfolk. Most are named from Old English dun ‘hill’ + ham ‘homestead’. A place in Lincolnshire now known as Dunholme appears in Domesday Book as Duneham and this too may be a source of the surname; here the first element is probably the Old English personal name Dunna.

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


Similar surnames: Denham, Durham, Burnham, Downham, Derham, Winham, Benham, Canham

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Dunham Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Dunham name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Dunham. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales

    52%

  • Ireland & Scotland

    19%

  • Germanic Europe

    8%

  • Norway

    4%

  • Sweden

    3%

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Dunham Family Origin

Where is the Dunham family from?

Dunham Family Occupations

What did your Dunham ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, the most common Dunham occupation in Canada was Farmer. 27% of Dunham's were Farmers. Farmer, Labourer and Student were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Dunham. A less common occupation for the Dunham family was Carpenter.

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  • Farmer

    27%
  • Labourer

    8%
  • Student

    6%
  • Carpenter

    4%

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

Dunham Historical Records

What Dunham family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 175,000 census records available for the last name Dunham. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Dunhamcensus 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 12,000 immigration records available for the last name Dunham. 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 29,000 military records available for the last name Dunham. For the veterans among your Dunham ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Dunham Life Expectancy

What is the average Dunham lifespan?

Between 1943 and 2004, in the United States, Dunham life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1943, and highest in 1998. The average life expectancy for Dunham in 1943 was 24, and 76 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Dunham

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Dunham 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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