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Sheffield Family History

Sheffield Name Meaning
English: habitational name from the city in South Yorkshire, so called from the river name Sheaf (from Old English sceað ‘boundary’) + Old English feld ‘pasture’, ‘open country’. There are also minor places of the same name in Sussex (from Old English sceap, scip ‘sheep’ + feld) and Berkshire (from Old English sceo ‘shelter’, ‘shed’ + feld), which may have contributed to the surname.

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

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Name Distribution of Sheffield Families

  • Number of Sheffield families
     158 - 313
     53 - 157
     1 - 52
     
    from the 1920 US Federal Census Data
  • Number of Sheffield families
     162 - 322
     55 - 161
     1 - 54
     
    from the 1891 England and Wales Census Data
  • Number of Sheffield families
     9 - 16
     4 - 8
     1 - 3
     
    from the 1891 Scotland Census Data

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Sheffield Family Origin

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Sheffield Immigration Information

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Average Life Expectancy for Sheffield

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Sheffield Family Occupations

from 1880 Federal Census Data

Sheffield census records

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Sheffield Civil War Service Records

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