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Oakham Surname Origin
(Locality). From the town of Oakham, in Rutlandshire, England, so called from Oak, and ham, the village by the oaks.
Source: An Etymological Dictionary of Family and Christian Names With an Essay on their Derivation and Import; Arthur, William, M.A.; New York, NY: Sheldon, Blake, Bleeker & CO., 1857.
Oakham Surname Meaning and Family Facts
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A Oakham Family History Thought:
'If you would not be forgotten,
As soon as you are dead and rotten,
Either write things worthy of reading,
Or do things worthy of writing.' --Benjamin Franklin, May 1738