Durham Family History

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Durham Name Meaning

English: habitational name from Durham, a city in northeastern England, named from Old English dun ‘hill’ (see Down 1) + Old Norse holmr ‘island’.

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

Similar surnames: Dunham, Derham, Burham, Barham, Burnham, Burcham, Gorham, Turnham

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Durham Family Origin

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Durham Family Occupations

What did your Durham ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, Farmer, Printer and School were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Durham. A less common occupation for the Durham family was Carpenter. The most common Durham occupation in Canada was Farmer. 22% of Durham's were Farmers.

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  • Farmer

  • Printer

  • School

  • Carpenter


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

Durham Historical Records

What Durham family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 198,000 census records available for the last name Durham. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Durham 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 14,000 immigration records available for the last name Durham. 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 41,000 military records available for the last name Durham. For the veterans among your Durham ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Durham Life Expectancy

What is the average Durham lifespan?

Between 1944 and 2004, in the United States, Durham life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1946, and highest in 2000. The average life expectancy for Durham in 1944 was 36, and 71 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Durham

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Durham 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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