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Sheldon Family History

Sheldon Name Meaning
English: habitational name from any of the various places so called. The main source is probably the one in Derbyshire, recorded in Domesday Book as Scelhadun, formed by the addition of the Old English distinguishing term scylf ‘shelf’ to the place name Haddon (from Old English h?ð ‘heath(er)’ + dun ‘hill’). There are also places called Sheldon in Devon (from Old English scylf ‘shelf’ + denu ‘valley’) and Birmingham (from Old English scylf + dun ‘hill’).

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

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Name Distribution of Sheldon Families

  • Number of Sheldon families
     334 - 665
     112 - 333
     1 - 111
     
    from the 1920 US Federal Census Data
  • Number of Sheldon families
     589 - 1,176
     197 - 588
     1 - 196
     
    from the 1891 England and Wales Census Data
  • Number of Sheldon families
     24 - 45
     9 - 23
     1 - 8
     
    from the 1891 Scotland Census Data

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Sheldon Family Origin

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Sheldon Immigration Information

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Average Life Expectancy for Sheldon

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Sheldon Family Occupations

from 1880 Federal Census Data

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