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Origins of the Oldham surname

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About the Oldhams

We have a total number of 58550 records for people with the last name Oldham.

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Where do most Oldhams live?

In 1921, most Oldhams lived in London.


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Interesting facts about Oldhams

How common is your surname?

855th most common surname in the UK

We have 52,200 records for the Oldham surname. The oldest one dates back to 1477.

Who were Oldhams most likely to marry?

Smiths

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Johnsons

Our Marriage record sets tell us which families married Oldhams.

What are the most common Oldham first names?

  • John
  • William
  • Mary
  • Elizabeth

Our birth record sets tell us the names of Oldham family members

Common jobs for Oldhams

Men and women often performed different types of jobs, so these are displayed by gender to maintain their historical accuracy.

Common Female occupations for Oldhams in 1921
Cotton Weaver

466

Dressmaker

170

Cotton Winder

141

Living On Own Means

129

Housekeeper

127

Common Male occupations for Oldhams in 1921
Hatter

204

Cotton Weaver

163

Joiner

137

Coal Miner

134

General Labourer

125

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