Sam Name Meaning

English: from a pet form of the personal name Samson (see Samson). Dutch (van Sam): variant of Van den Sand (see Sand 2). Nigerian and Ghanaian: unexplained. Chinese : variant of Shen. Chinese : variant of Shum. Other Southeast Asian: unexplained.

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

Similar surnames: Sham, Lam, Kam, Sum, San, Sax, Dam, Ham, Sak, Sim

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Sam Family Origin

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Sam Family Occupations

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In 1921, Labourer and Religieuse were the top reported jobs for men and women in the CA named Sam. 16% of Sam men worked as a Labourer and 25% of Sam women worked as a Religieuse. Some less common occupations for Americans named Sam were Laborer and Relieuse

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Top Male Occupations in 1921

  • Labourer
  • Cook
  • Laundryman
  • Laborer

Top Female Occupations in 1921

  • Religieuse
  • Institutrice
  • Domestic
  • Relieuse

*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Sam Historical Records

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Census Record

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Passenger List

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Draft Card

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Sam Life Expectancy

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Between 1945 and 2004, in the United States, Sam life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1956, and highest in 1962. The average life expectancy for Sam in 1945 was 29, and 55 in 2004.

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