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Shire Family History

Shire Name Meaning
English and Irish (County Limerick; of English origin): from Old English scir, Middle English s(c)hire ‘shire’, perhaps a topographic name for someone who lived by the meeting place of a shire.

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

56,910 Historical Documents and Family Trees with Shire on Ancestry.com
12,768 Birth, Marriage, and Deaths
4,232 Military Records
1,657 Immigration Records
12,474 Census and Voter Lists
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Name Distribution of Shire Families

  • Number of Shire families
     19 - 36
     7 - 18
     1 - 6
     
    from the 1920 US Federal Census Data
  • Number of Shire families
     98 - 194
     33 - 97
     1 - 32
     
    from the 1891 England and Wales Census Data
  • Number of Shire families
     4 - 5
     2 - 3
     1
     
    from the 1891 Scotland Census Data

Shire census records

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Shire Family Origin

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Shire Immigration Information

from the New York Passenger Lists

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You can find out when most of the Shire 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 Shire

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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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Shire Family Occupations

from 1880 Federal Census Data

Shire census records

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Shire Civil War Service Records

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