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Lem Surname Meaning

Dutch and Scandinavian: from a short form of the personal name Lambrecht or Lempert (see Lambert ). English: probably a variant of Lemm . Chinese: variant Romanization of the surname 林 based on its pronunciation of the Siyi Cantonese subdialect (also known as Sze Yup or Four Districts dialect including Taishanese) spoken in southern Guangdong; see Lin Cambodian: written លឹម of Chinese origin (possibly corresponding to 3 above). Compare Lim 7.

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

Similar surnames: Lim, Lam, Leo, Lemm, Clem, Lex, Sem, Lea, Lee, Klem

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Where is the Lem family from?

You can see how Lem families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Lem family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Lem families were found in USA in 1920. In 1911 there were 44 Lem families living in British Columbia. This was about 54% of all the recorded Lem's in Canada. British Columbia had the highest population of Lem families in 1911.
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What did your Lem ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Labourer was the top reported job for people in the Canada named Lem. 26% of Lem men worked as a Labourer. .

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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

  • Labourer
  • Cook
  • Laborer
  • Laundry
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Census Records

There are 5,000 census records available for the last name Lem. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Lem 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 5,000 immigration records available for the last name Lem. 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 757 military records available for the last name Lem. For the veterans among your Lem ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Lem lifespan?

Between 1951 and 2004, in the United States, Lem life expectancy was at its lowest point in 2002, and highest in 1984. The average life expectancy for Lem in 1951 was 53, and 82 in 2004.

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