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Shima Family History

Shima Name Meaning
Japanese: meaning ‘island’; it is often written with characters used phonetically. The word does not necessarily denote an island surrounded by water, but can also mean a field separated from its village and surrounded by someone else’s property (see Shimada, Nakashima, etc.). The surname is listed in the Shinsen shojiroku. It is found mostly in the Kyoto–Osaka area and in the Ryukyu Islands. Some instances in America may be the result of shortening other names containing the shima component.

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

8,385 Historical Documents with Shima on Ancestry.com
2,308 Birth, Marriage, and Deaths
1,627 Military Records
1,296 Immigration Records
1,698 Census and Voter Lists
1,456 Member Trees

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Name Distribution of Shima Families

  • Number of Shima families
     12 - 22
     5 - 11
     1 - 4
     
    from the 1920 US Federal Census Data
  • Number of Shima families
     3 - 3
     2 - 2
     1
     
    from the 1891 England and Wales Census Data
  • Number of Shima families
     3 - 2
     2 - 2
     1
     
    from the 1891 Scotland Census Data

Shima census records

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Shima Family Origin

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Shima Immigration Information

from the New York Passenger Lists

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Average Life Expectancy for Shima

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Shima Family Occupations

from 1880 Federal Census Data

Shima census records

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Military Service by Shima

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