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Kershaw Family History

Kershaw Name Meaning
English: habitational name from Kirkshaw in the parish of Rochdale, Lancashire, so named from northern Middle English kirk ‘church’ + shaw ‘grove’. There are two minor places in West Yorkshire called Kershaw, which may be of the same origin and may also lie behind the surname, but on the other hand they may themselves derive from the surname. In some cases the name may be topographic for someone who lived near the ‘church grove’.

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

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285,223 Birth, Marriage, and Deaths
10,167 Military Records
22,337 Immigration Records
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Name Distribution of Kershaw Families

  • Number of Kershaw families
     56 - 110
     19 - 55
     1 - 18
     
    from the 1920 US Federal Census Data
  • Number of Kershaw families
     2,821 - 5,640
     941 - 2,820
     1 - 940
     
    from the 1891 England and Wales Census Data
  • Number of Kershaw families
     5 - 8
     2 - 4
     1
     
    from the 1891 Scotland Census Data

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Kershaw Family Origin

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Kershaw Immigration Information

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Average Life Expectancy for Kershaw

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Kershaw Family Occupations

from 1880 Federal Census Data

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