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Ellingham Family History

Ellingham Surname Meaning

English (southeastern): habitational name from Great or Little Ellingham (Norfolk) from the Old English personal name Ella + -ing denoting association + hām ‘homestead’. No evidence has been found for hereditary surnames from any of the places called Ellingham in Hampshire and Northumberland.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022


Similar surnames: Bellingham, Allingham, Gillingham, Billingham, Ellington, Eltringham

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Where is the Ellingham family from?

You can see how Ellingham families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Ellingham family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Ellingham families were found in United Kingdom in 1891. In 1911 there were 15 Ellingham families living in Ontario. This was about 63% of all the recorded Ellingham's in Canada. Ontario had the highest population of Ellingham families in 1911.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Ellingham surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Ellingham ancestors do for a living?

In 1939, General Labourer and Unpaid Domestic Duties were the top reported jobs for men and women in the United Kingdom named Ellingham. 32% of Ellingham men worked as a General Labourer and 73% of Ellingham women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Ellingham were Agricultural Labourer and Incapacitated. .

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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 1939

  • General Labourer
    32%
  • Milk Roundsman
    11%
  • Carpenter joiner
    11%
  • Agricultural Labourer
    7%

Top Female Occupations In 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
    73%
  • Unpaid Domestic
    6%
  • Housewife
    4%
  • Incapacitated
    3%
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Census Records

There are 14,000 census records available for the last name Ellingham. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Ellingham 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 1,000 immigration records available for the last name Ellingham. 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 Ellingham. For the veterans among your Ellingham ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Ellingham lifespan?

Between 1964 and 2004, in the United States, Ellingham life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1974, and highest in 1985. The average life expectancy for Ellingham in 1964 was 68, and 67 in 2004.

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