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Updated January 23, 2020

Family name origins & meanings

  • French : habitational name from any of various places called Chalm, often recorded as La Champ, in Ardèche, Drôme, Haute-Loire, Isère, Lozère.
  • Arabic : ethnic name for a Syrian or habitational name for someone from Damascus, from al shām, Arabic name for Syria, used in Syria itself to denote the city of Damascus.
  • Chinese : variant of Zhan.
  • Other Southeast Asian : unexplained.

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