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Shea Family History

Shea Name Meaning
Irish: reduced form of O’Shea, Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Séaghdha ‘descendant of Séaghdha’, a byname meaning ‘fine’ or ‘fortunate’.

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

971,779 Historical Documents with Shea on Ancestry.com
349,270 Birth, Marriage, and Deaths
50,147 Military Records
66,569 Immigration Records
263,796 Census and Voter Lists
241,997 Member Trees

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Name Distribution of Shea Families

  • Number of Shea families
     1,033 - 2,063
     345 - 1,032
     1 - 344
     
    from the 1920 US Federal Census Data
  • Number of Shea families
     376 - 750
     126 - 375
     1 - 125
     
    from the 1891 England and Wales Census Data
  • Number of Shea families
     25 - 47
     9 - 24
     1 - 8
     
    from the 1891 Scotland Census Data

Shea census records

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Shea Family Origin

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The information for this chart came from the U.S. Immigration Collection at Ancestry.com. You can find out where the majority of the Shea families were living before they immigrated to the U.S and learn where to focus your search for foreign records.

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Shea Immigration Information

from the New York Passenger Lists

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You can find out when most of the Shea families immigrated to the United States. You can focus your search to immigration records dating from that era.

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Average Life Expectancy for Shea

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family.

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Shea Family Occupations

from 1880 Federal Census Data

Shea census records

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Shea Civil War Service Records

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