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Ham Surname Meaning

English (mainly southwestern) and German: variant of Hamm . Dutch: topographic name from ham ‘land in a river bend’ ‘enclosed meadow’ or a habitational name from any of several country houses and places called De(n) Ham. Compare Van Ham and Vanderham . French: habitational name from any of various places in northern France (Ardennes Pas-de-Calais Somme Moselle) named with the ancient Germanic word ham ‘meadow in the bend of a river water meadow flood plain’. Hungarian (Hám) Slovak (also Hám) and Croatian: nickname or occupational name from Hungarian hám (Croatian ham) ‘harness’. Alternatively it may be of German origin (see Hamm ). Slovenian: perhaps a nickname from the interjection ham ‘bite grab’. Alternatively it may be from dialect ham ‘harness’ (see 4 above) or of German origin (see Hamm ). Czech (also Hám): from a short form of the personal name Abraham .7: Korean: there is only one Chinese character for the Ham surname. Some sources report that there are sixty different Ham clans but only the Kangnŭng Ham clan can be documented. Although some records have been lost and a few generations are unaccounted for it is known that the founding ancestor of the Ham clan is Ham Kyu a Koryŏ general who fought against the Mongol invaders in the thirteenth century. His ancestor Ham Hyŏk was a Tang Chinese general who stayed in Korea after Tang China helped Shilla unify the peninsula during the seventh century. Another of Ham Hyŏk's ancestors Ham Shin accompanied Kim Chu-wŏn the founding ancestor of the Kangnŭng Kim family to the Kangnŭng area and hence the Ham clan became the Kangnŭng Ham clan. The first prominent ancestor from Kangnŭng whose genealogy can be verified is Ham Kyu the Koryŏ general. Accordingly he is regarded as the Kangnŭng Ham clan's founding ancestor. Compare Hahm 8: Chinese: Cantonese form of the surname 咸 see Xian 9: Chinese: Cantonese form of the surname 闞 see Kan 10: Chinese: variant Romanization of the surname 范 see Fan 1 Chinese: variant Romanization of the surname 譚 see Tan 1 Chinese: possibly from Cantonese form of the Chinese name 涵 (meaning ‘contain’) a monosyllabic personal name or part of a disyllabic personal name of some early Chinese immigrants in the US.

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


Similar surnames: Han, Ha, Nam, Hay, Hamm, Sham, Ram, Kam, Sam, Cham

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You can see how Ham families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Ham family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Ham families were found in USA in 1880. In 1891 there were 391 Ham families living in Somerset. This was about 17% of all the recorded Ham's in United Kingdom. Somerset had the highest population of Ham families in 1891.
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What did your Ham ancestors do for a living?

In 1939, Dairy Farmer and Unpaid Domestic Duties were the top reported jobs for men and women in the United Kingdom named Ham. 11% of Ham men worked as a Dairy Farmer and 69% of Ham women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Ham were Retired and Unpaid Domestic. .

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Top Male Occupations In 1939

  • Dairy Farmer
    11%
  • General Labourer
    9%
  • Farmer
    7%
  • Retired
    5%

Top Female Occupations In 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
    69%
  • Housewife
    4%
  • Domestic Duties
    3%
  • Unpaid Domestic
    3%
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Between 1944 and 2004, in the United States, Ham life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1949, and highest in 2000. The average life expectancy for Ham in 1944 was 36, and 74 in 2004.

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