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Markham Family History

Markham Name Meaning

English: habitational name from Markham Clinton or East Markham (Nottinghamshire). The placename derives from Old English mearc ‘mark boundary’ + hām ‘village homestead’ or hamm ‘water meadow’. Irish: English surname used as an equivalent of Gaelic Ó Marcacháin ‘descendant of Marcachán’ a diminutive of Marcach ‘horseman rider’ (see Markey ). This was originally a Galway surname but is now found mainly in Clare sometimes translated into English as Ryder .

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


Similar surnames: Harpham, Barham, Rackham, Kirkham, Parham, Wareham, Packham, Farnham

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Where is the Markham family from?

You can see how Markham families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Markham family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Markham families were found in United Kingdom in 1891. In 1891 there were 651 Markham families living in London. This was about 17% of all the recorded Markham's in United Kingdom. London had the highest population of Markham families in 1891.
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What did your Markham 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 Markham. 9% of Markham men worked as a General Labourer and 70% of Markham women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Markham were Bricklayer 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%
  • Builders Labourer
    5%
  • Farm Labourer
    5%
  • Bricklayer
    4%

Top Female Occupations In 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
    70%
  • Housewife
    3%
  • Unpaid Domestic
    2%
  • Incapacitated
    2%
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Census Records

There are 137,000 census records available for the last name Markham. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Markham 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 11,000 immigration records available for the last name Markham. 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 18,000 military records available for the last name Markham. For the veterans among your Markham ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Markham lifespan?

Between 1943 and 2004, in the United States, Markham life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1945, and highest in 1985. The average life expectancy for Markham in 1943 was 36, and 75 in 2004.

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