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Sharp Name Meaning

English and Scottish: nickname from Middle English sharp(e) ‘sharp quick smart acute keen-witted’ (Old English scearp). Irish: when not the English or Scots name in 1 above an Anglicized (part translated) form of Gaelic Ó Géaráin ‘descendant of Géarán’ a personal name based on a diminutive of géar ‘sharp’. Americanized form (translation into English) of German Scharf ‘sharp-cutting’ or of any of several other European names with similar meaning.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022

Similar surnames: Short, Harp, Shane, Scharp, Sharf, Sari, Sapp, Spark, Scharf, Shamp

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Where is the Sharp family from?

You can see how Sharp families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Sharp family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Sharp families were found in USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 197 Sharp families living in Ohio. This was about 13% of all the recorded Sharp's in USA. Ohio had the highest population of Sharp families in 1840.
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What did your Sharp ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Sharp. 18% of Sharp men worked as a Farmer and 8% of Sharp women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Sharp were Truck Driver and Teacher. .

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations In 1940

  • Farmer
  • Laborer
  • Salesman
  • Truck Driver

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Housewife
  • Housekeeper
  • Maid
  • Teacher
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Passenger Lists

There are 73,000 immigration records available for the last name Sharp. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the USA, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

There are 124,000 military records available for the last name Sharp. For the veterans among your Sharp ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Sharp lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Sharp life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1953, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Sharp in 1940 was 46, and 75 in 2004.

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