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Shelden Family History

Shelden Name Meaning

English: variant of Sheldon .

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


Similar surnames: Helder, Sheldon, Heiden, Heyden, Selden, Shedden, Elden, Snedden

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Where is the Shelden family from?

You can see how Shelden families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Shelden family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Shelden families were found in USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 101 Shelden families living in New York. This was about 53% of all the recorded Shelden's in USA. New York had the highest population of Shelden families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Shelden surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Shelden ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Teacher were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Shelden. 18% of Shelden men worked as a Laborer and 34% of Shelden women worked as a Teacher. Some less common occupations for Americans named Shelden were Carpenter and Beauty Operator. .

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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

  • Laborer
    18%
  • Farmer
    17%
  • Salesman
    11%
  • Carpenter
    8%

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Teacher
    34%
  • Farmer
    17%
  • Stenographer
    17%
  • Beauty Operator
    17%
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Census Records

There are 18,000 census records available for the last name Shelden. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Shelden 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 1,000 immigration records available for the last name Shelden. 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 1,000 military records available for the last name Shelden. For the veterans among your Shelden ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Shelden lifespan?

Between 1951 and 2004, in the United States, Shelden life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1951, and highest in 2001. The average life expectancy for Shelden in 1951 was 38, and 71 in 2004.

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