Isham Family History

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Isham Name Meaning

English: habitational name from a place in Northamptonshire named Isham, from the river name Ise (of Celtic origin) + Old English ham ‘homestead’ or hamm ‘promontory’ or ‘enclosure hemmed in by water’.

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

Similar surnames: Upham, Witham, Winham, Ingham, Higham, Baham, Sham, Basham, Wham

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Isham Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Isham name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Isham. 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


  • France


  • Norway


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Isham Family Origin

Where is the Isham family from?

Isham Family Occupations

What did your Isham ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, a less common occupation for the Isham family was Keeping House. Farmer, Laborer and Farm Laborer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Isham. The most common Isham occupation in the USA was Farmer. 43% of Isham's were Farmers.

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  • Farmer

  • Laborer

  • Farm Laborer

  • Keeping House


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

Isham Historical Records

What Isham family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 26,000 census records available for the last name Isham. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Isham 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 Isham. 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 6,000 military records available for the last name Isham. For the veterans among your Isham ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Isham Life Expectancy

What is the average Isham lifespan?

Between 1944 and 2004, in the United States, Isham life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1956, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Isham in 1944 was 65, and 81 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Isham

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Isham 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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