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Sheffield Name Meaning

English: habitational name principally from Sheffield (Yorkshire) but perhaps also from Sheffield Bottom in Burghfield (Berkshire) or Sheffield Park in Fletching (Sussex). The Yorkshire place takes its name from the river Sheaf itself from Old English scēath ‘boundary’ + Old English feld ‘open country’ while the Berkshire placename derives from Old English scēo ‘shelter’ + feld. The Sussex placename comes from Old English scēap ‘sheep’ + feld.

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


Similar surnames: Sherfield, Belfield, Edenfield, Chatfield, Hatfield, Duffield

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Where is the Sheffield family from?

You can see how Sheffield families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Sheffield family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Sheffield families were found in USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 52 Sheffield families living in New York. This was about 27% of all the recorded Sheffield's in USA. New York had the highest population of Sheffield families in 1840.
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What did your Sheffield ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Maid were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Sheffield. 21% of Sheffield men worked as a Farmer and 7% of Sheffield women worked as a Maid. Some less common occupations for Americans named Sheffield were Truck Driver and Housekeeper. .

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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
    21%
  • Laborer
    19%
  • Salesman
    5%
  • Truck Driver
    4%

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Maid
    7%
  • Cook
    7%
  • Teacher
    6%
  • Housekeeper
    6%
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What Sheffield family records will you find?

Census Records

There are 97,000 census records available for the last name Sheffield. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Sheffield census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger Lists

There are 7,000 immigration records available for the last name Sheffield. 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 19,000 military records available for the last name Sheffield. For the veterans among your Sheffield ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Sheffield lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Sheffield life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1940, and highest in 2000. The average life expectancy for Sheffield in 1940 was 30, and 73 in 2004.

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