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Shoaf Family History

Shoaf Name Meaning
Possibly an Americanized form of German Schauf(f), from the Swabian for ‘sheep’, hence probably a metonymic occupational name for a shepherd or a nickname for someone thought to resemble a sheep in some way. Compare Shoaff. IGI inconclusive; AB says not Jewish; HB, kh.

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

116,516 Historical Documents with Shoaf on Ancestry
16,536 Birth, Marriage, and Deaths
2,648 Military Records
340 Immigration Records
9,766 Census and Voter Lists
87,226 Member Trees

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Name Distribution of Shoaf Families

  • Number of Shoaf families
     35 - 67
     12 - 34
     1 - 11
    from the 1920 US Federal Census Data
  • Sorry, we couldn't find geographic distribution information for the Shoaf last name
    from the 1891 England and Wales Census Data
  • Number of Shoaf families
     2 - 1
     2 - 1
    from the 1891 Scotland Census Data

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Shoaf Family Origin

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Shoaf Immigration Information

from the New York Passenger Lists

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Average Life Expectancy for Shoaf

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Shoaf Family Occupations

from 1880 Federal Census Data

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Shoaf Civil War Service Records

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