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Graham Family History

Graham Name Meaning

Scottish: habitational name from Grantham in Lincolnshire recorded in Domesday Book as Graham (as well as Grantham Grandham and Granham). See also Grantham . Irish (especially Ulster): in Ireland Graham is generally the Scottish name but it has additionally been adopted as an Anglicized form of both Ó Creacháin (see Crehan ) and Ó Gormghaile (see Gormley ).

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

Similar surnames: Grahm, Grantham, Braham, Grahame, Dunham, Gotham, Gorham, Branham

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Where is the Graham family from?

You can see how Graham families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Graham family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Graham families were found in USA in 1880. In 1911 there were 4,919 Graham families living in Ontario. This was about 54% of all the recorded Graham's in Canada. Ontario had the highest population of Graham families in 1911.
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What did your Graham ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Farmer and Housekeeper were the top reported jobs for men and women in the Canada named Graham. 37% of Graham men worked as a Farmer and 12% of Graham women worked as a Housekeeper. Some less common occupations for Americans named Graham were Farmers Son and Student. .

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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.

Top Male Occupations In 1921

  • Farmer
  • Labourer
  • Laborer
  • Farmers Son

Top Female Occupations In 1921

  • Housekeeper
  • Stenographer
  • Teacher
  • Student
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Census Records

There are 1 million census records available for the last name Graham. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Graham 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 210,000 immigration records available for the last name Graham. 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 251,000 military records available for the last name Graham. For the veterans among your Graham ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Graham lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Graham life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 2002. The average life expectancy for Graham in 1940 was 38, and 73 in 2004.

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