Gorham Family History

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Gorham Name Meaning

English (Kent): apparently a habitational name from a lost or unidentified place, possibly so named from Old English gara ‘triangular piece of land’ + ham ‘homestead’.

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

Similar surnames: Gotham, Barham, Burham, Popham, Derham, Fordham, Wortham, Topham

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Gorham Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Gorham name?

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

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


  • Cameroon, Congo, & Southern Bantu Peoples


  • Benin/Togo


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Gorham Family Origin

Where is the Gorham family from?

Gorham Family Occupations

What did your Gorham ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, the most common Gorham occupation in Canada was Farmer. 22% of Gorham's were Farmers. A less common occupation for the Gorham family was Carpenter. Farmer, Farmers Son and Book Keeper were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Gorham.

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  • Farmer

  • Farmers Son

  • Book Keeper

  • Carpenter


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

Gorham Historical Records

What Gorham family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 60,000 census records available for the last name Gorham. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Gorham 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 7,000 immigration records available for the last name Gorham. 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 11,000 military records available for the last name Gorham. For the veterans among your Gorham ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Gorham Life Expectancy

What is the average Gorham lifespan?

Between 1949 and 2004, in the United States, Gorham life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1956, and highest in 2003. The average life expectancy for Gorham in 1949 was 45, and 72 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Gorham

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Gorham 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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