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Tamm Name Meaning

from a short form of the personal name Tancmar, composed of the Germanic thank ‘thought’ + mari, meri ‘famous’. habitational name from Tamm in southern Germany or Thamm, Damm(e) in northern Germany. The place names may derive from the personal name (see 1) or from Middle High German tam ‘dam’, ‘dike’.

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


Similar surnames: Damm, Lamm, Stamm, Timm, Ramm, Gamm, Hamm, Kamm, Camm, Palm

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Where is the Tamm family from?

You can see how Tamm families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Tamm family name was found in the USA, the UK, and Scotland between 1841 and 1920. The most Tamm families were found in the USA in 1920. In 1880 there were 41 Tamm families living in Missouri. This was about 35% of all the recorded Tamm's in the USA. Missouri had the highest population of Tamm families in 1880.
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What did your Tamm ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Waitress were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Tamm. 33% of Tamm men worked as a Farmer and 15% of Tamm women worked as a Waitress. Some less common occupations for Americans named Tamm were Painter and Bookkeeper.

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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.

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Top Male Occupations in 1940

  • Farmer
    33%
  • Farm Laborer
    8%
  • New Worker
    6%
  • Painter
    6%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Waitress
    15%
  • Housewife
    15%
  • Teacher
    11%
  • Bookkeeper
    11%
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Census Records

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

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What is the average Tamm lifespan?

Between 1960 and 2004, in the United States, Tamm life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1960, and highest in 1984. The average life expectancy for Tamm in 1960 was 56, and 69 in 2004.

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