Elam Family History

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Elam Name Meaning

English: habitational name for someone from a place called Elham, in Kent, or a lost place of this name in Crayford, Kent. The first is derived from Old English ?l ‘eel’ + ham ‘homestead’ or hamm ‘enclosure hemmed in by water’. There is also an Elam Grange in Bingley, West Yorkshire, but the current distribution of the name in the British Isles suggests that it did not contribute significantly to the surname.

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

Similar surnames: Elm, Eland, Alam, Flam, Law, Glad, Alm, Olan, Lam, Emm

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Elam Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Elam name?

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

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Cameroon, Congo, & Southern Bantu Peoples


  • Germanic Europe


  • Benin/Togo


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Elam Family Origin

Where is the Elam family from?

Elam Family Occupations

What did your Elam ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, Farmer, Laborer and Keeping House were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Elam. The most common Elam occupation in the USA was Farmer. 55% of Elam's were Farmers. A less common occupation for the Elam family was Farming.

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  • Farmer

  • Laborer

  • Keeping House

  • Farming


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

Elam Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 50,000 census records available for the last name Elam. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Elam 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 1,000 immigration records available for the last name Elam. 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 10,000 military records available for the last name Elam. For the veterans among your Elam ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Elam Life Expectancy

What is the average Elam lifespan?

Between 1944 and 2004, in the United States, Elam life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1947, and highest in 2003. The average life expectancy for Elam in 1944 was 38, and 70 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Elam 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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