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Plum Name Meaning

English and North German: from Middle English plum(b)e Middle Low German plum(e) ‘plum’ hence a topographic name for someone who lived by a plum tree or a metonymic occupational name for a fruit grower or possibly a nickname for example for someone with a plum-colored birthmark. Americanized form of German Pflum ‘plum’ a cognate of 1 above. German and Jewish (Ashkenazic): variant of Blum . English: nickname from Middle English plum(me) plumb(e) plom(be) ‘lead lead weight’ (Anglo-Norman French plum(be) plo(u)m; Old French plomé; Latin plumbum) probably signifying one who worked or dealt in lead a plumber. English: variant of Plume .

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

Similar surnames: Plume, Baum, Blum, Lum, Palm, Plog, Flum, Plump, Alm, Prus

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Where is the Plum family from?

You can see how Plum families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Plum family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Plum families were found in USA in 1880. In 1911 there were 8 Plum families living in Ontario. This was about 24% of all the recorded Plum's in Canada. Ontario had the highest population of Plum families in 1911.
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What did your Plum ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Farmer was the top reported job for people in the Canada named Plum. 67% of Plum men worked as a Farmer. .

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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
  • Coal Merchant
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Census Records

There are 26,000 census records available for the last name Plum. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Plum 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 Plum. 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 4,000 military records available for the last name Plum. For the veterans among your Plum ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Plum lifespan?

Between 1947 and 2004, in the United States, Plum life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1947, and highest in 2001. The average life expectancy for Plum in 1947 was 40, and 71 in 2004.

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