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Graham Family History

Graham Name Meaning

Scottish and English: habitational name from Grantham in Lincolnshire, recorded in Domesday Book as Graham (as well as Grantham, Grandham, and Granham). See also Grantham.

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


Similar surnames: Grahm, Grantham, Braham, Grahame, Dunham, Gotham, Gorham, Branham

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Where is the Graham family from?

You can see how Graham families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Graham family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Graham families were found in USA in 1880. In 1891 there were 4,158 Graham families living in Cumberland. This was about 18% of all the recorded Graham's in United Kingdom. Cumberland had the highest population of Graham families in 1891.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Graham surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Graham ancestors do for a living?

In 1939, General Labourer and Unpaid Domestic Duties were the top reported jobs for men and women in the United Kingdom named Graham. 9% of Graham men worked as a General Labourer and 65% of Graham women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Graham were Incapacitated and Incapacitated. .

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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 1939

  • General Labourer
    9%
  • Farmer
    3%
  • Builders Labourer
    3%
  • Incapacitated
    2%

Top Female Occupations In 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
    65%
  • Private Means
    2%
  • Unpaid Domestic
    2%
  • Incapacitated
    2%
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Census Records

There are 1 million census records available for the last name Graham. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Graham 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 210,000 immigration records available for the last name Graham. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in Australia, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

There are 251,000 military records available for the last name Graham. For the veterans among your Graham ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Graham lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Graham life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 2002. The average life expectancy for Graham in 1940 was 38, and 73 in 2004.

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