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Origin and popularity of the name BEAM


Beam : 1: English: from Middle English bem ‘tree; beam post piece of timber’ (Old English bēam) a term with various applications. It denoted the beam of a loom and was therefore in some cases a metonymic occupational name for a weaver. In others it was a topographic name denoting someone who lived by a post or tree or by a footbridge made from a tree trunk as in Beam Bridge in Dagenham Essex.2: Americanized form of German Boehm or sometimes of Baum.


Source : DAFN2 : Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, ©2022 by Patrick Hanks and Oxford University Press
FANBI : The Oxford Dictionary if Family Names in Britain and Ireland, ©2016, University of the West of England
FANBI : The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Family Names in Britain, ©2021, University of the West of England

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