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Shires Name Meaning

English (West Yorkshire):: habitational name perhaps from Shiregreen in Sheffield (Yorkshire) or in many instances almost certainly from Skier's Hall in Nether Hoyland (Yorkshire). The latter is the source of the surname de Skiris which was sometimes changed to Shires. The placename Shiregreen derives from Old English scīr ‘region district’ with the later addition of Middle English grene ‘green grassy place’; the origin of Skier's Hall is uncertain. in Lancashire the Midlands and southern England a variant of Shire with post-medieval excrescent -s.

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

Similar surnames: Spires, Swires, Shire, Hines, Shirts, Sires, Stires, Spikes, Shirer

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Where is the Shires family from?

You can see how Shires families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Shires family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Shires families were found in United Kingdom in 1891. In 1840 there were 6 Shires families living in Tennessee. This was about 25% of all the recorded Shires's in USA. Tennessee had the highest population of Shires families in 1840.
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What did your Shires ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Teacher were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Shires. 21% of Shires men worked as a Farmer and 18% of Shires women worked as a Teacher. Some less common occupations for Americans named Shires were Truck Driver and Waitress. .

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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
  • Farm Laborer
  • Truck Driver

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Teacher
  • Stenographer
  • Housewife
  • Waitress
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

There are 1,000 immigration records available for the last name Shires. 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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There are 2,000 military records available for the last name Shires. For the veterans among your Shires ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Shires lifespan?

Between 1953 and 2004, in the United States, Shires life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1953, and highest in 1970. The average life expectancy for Shires in 1953 was 43, and 78 in 2004.

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