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Salem Family History

Salem Name Meaning

Muslim and Jewish (Sephardic): variant of Salim 2 and occasionally also of Salim

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

Similar surnames: Salim, Sales, Saleh, Sale, Salm, Sole, Salaam, Salek, Solem, Palm

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Where is the Salem family from?

You can see how Salem families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Salem family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Salem families were found in USA in 1920. In 1911 there were 16 Salem families living in Ontario. This was about 89% of all the recorded Salem's in Canada. Ontario had the highest population of Salem families in 1911.
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What did your Salem ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Merchant was the top reported job for people in the Canada named Salem. 100% of Salem men worked as a Merchant. .

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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

  • Merchant
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Census Records

There are 9,000 census records available for the last name Salem. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Salem 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 Salem. 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 11,000 military records available for the last name Salem. For the veterans among your Salem ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Salem lifespan?

Between 1953 and 2004, in the United States, Salem life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1953, and highest in 2000. The average life expectancy for Salem in 1953 was 35, and 66 in 2004.

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