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Nam Family History

Nam Name Meaning

Korean: there is only one Chinese character for the surname Nam, meaning ‘south’. As many as fifty-seven Nam clans are mentioned in the records, but of these only four can be positively documented. The founding ancestor of the Nam clans was a man named Kim Ch’ung. He was an emissary from Tang, China, on his way to Japan when a southerly storm blew his ship northward and forced it aground in Shilla, Korea. The Shilla king Kyongdok (742–765), noting that he had come from the south, renamed the emissary Nam in 755.

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

Similar surnames: Ham, Na, Ram, Lam, Kam, Nahm, Hao, Sam, Tam, Hau

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You can see how Nam families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Nam family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1841 and 1920. The most Nam families were found in the USA in 1920. In 1911 there were 6 Nam families living in British Columbia. This was about 33% of all the recorded Nam's in Canada. British Columbia had the highest population of Nam families in 1911.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Nam surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Nam ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Labourer was the top reported job for people in the CA named Nam. 36% of Nam 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
  • Farmer
  • Laundryman
  • Cook
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Census Records

There are 2,000 census records available for the last name Nam. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Nam 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 3,000 immigration records available for the last name Nam. 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 1,000 military records available for the last name Nam. For the veterans among your Nam ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Nam lifespan?

Between 1944 and 2004, in the United States, Nam life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1978, and highest in 1962. The average life expectancy for Nam in 1944 was 35, and 83 in 2004.

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