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Killam Name Meaning

Altered spelling of the English habitational name Kil(l)ham, from places in Northumberland and East Yorkshire, so named from Old English cylnum ‘(at) the kilns’, dative plural of cyln.

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


Similar surnames: Kellam, Hallam, Fullam, Ballam, Kallam, Gillham, Silla, Villa, Millam

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Where is the Killam family from?

You can see how Killam families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Killam family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Killam families were found in the USA in 1920. In 1911 there were 71 Killam families living in Nova Scotia. This was about 47% of all the recorded Killam's in Canada. Nova Scotia had the highest population of Killam families in 1911.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Killam surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Killam ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Farmer and Housekeeper were the top reported jobs for men and women in the CA named Killam. 47% of Killam men worked as a Farmer and 34% of Killam women worked as a Housekeeper. Some less common occupations for Americans named Killam were Machinist and Teacher.

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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
    47%
  • Labourer
    19%
  • Mill Hand
    10%
  • Machinist
    7%

Top Female Occupations in 1921

  • Housekeeper
    34%
  • Stenographer
    23%
  • Farmer
    23%
  • Teacher
    23%
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Census Records

There are 12,000 census records available for the last name Killam. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Killam 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 2,000 immigration records available for the last name Killam. 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 2,000 military records available for the last name Killam. For the veterans among your Killam ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Killam lifespan?

Between 1945 and 2004, in the United States, Killam life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1952, and highest in 1965. The average life expectancy for Killam in 1945 was 46, and 75 in 2004.

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