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Sheridan Family History

Sheridan Name Meaning

Irish: shortened Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Sirideáin ‘descendant of Sirideán’ a personal name possibly akin to sirim ‘to seek’.

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


Similar surnames: Sheehan, Shera, Whelihan, Shean, Shurden, Sherlin, Hernan, Sherrin

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Where is the Sheridan family from?

You can see how Sheridan families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Sheridan family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Sheridan families were found in USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 36 Sheridan families living in New York. This was about 33% of all the recorded Sheridan's in USA. New York had the highest population of Sheridan families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Sheridan surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Sheridan ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Stenographer were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Sheridan. 13% of Sheridan men worked as a Laborer and 9% of Sheridan women worked as a Stenographer. Some less common occupations for Americans named Sheridan were Clerk 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

  • Laborer
    13%
  • Farmer
    7%
  • Salesman
    6%
  • Clerk
    6%

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Stenographer
    9%
  • Teacher
    8%
  • Clerk
    7%
  • Housekeeper
    5%
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Census Records

There are 182,000 census records available for the last name Sheridan. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Sheridan 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 39,000 immigration records available for the last name Sheridan. 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 40,000 military records available for the last name Sheridan. For the veterans among your Sheridan ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Sheridan lifespan?

Between 1941 and 2004, in the United States, Sheridan life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 1999. The average life expectancy for Sheridan in 1941 was 36, and 73 in 2004.

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