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Deshaw Name Meaning

Americanized spelling of the French topographic name Duchamp, or its plural form Deschamps, meaning ‘of or from the field(s)’ (see Champ). Americanized spelling of Belgian French Dechaux, which comes from the common place name Chaux, or in some cases may represent Déchaux, a nickname from Old French descaus ‘unshod’, ‘barefoot’.

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


Similar surnames: Desha, Dersham, De Hay, Shaw, Upshaw, Deshon, Henshaw, Kershaw

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Where is the Deshaw family from?

You can see how Deshaw families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Deshaw family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Deshaw families were found in the USA in 1920. In 1840 there were 3 Deshaw families living in New York. This was 100% of all the recorded Deshaw's in the USA. New York had the highest population of Deshaw families in 1840.
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What did your Deshaw ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housework were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Deshaw. 26% of Deshaw men worked as a Farmer and 60% of Deshaw women worked as a Housework. Some less common occupations for Americans named Deshaw were Plumber and Seamstress.

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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
    26%
  • Laborer
    19%
  • Carpenter
    12%
  • Plumber
    8%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housework
    60%
  • Seamstress
    40%
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Census Records

There are 2,000 census records available for the last name Deshaw. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Deshaw 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 108 immigration records available for the last name Deshaw. 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 326 military records available for the last name Deshaw. For the veterans among your Deshaw ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Deshaw lifespan?

Between 1956 and 2004, in the United States, Deshaw life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1958, and highest in 1978. The average life expectancy for Deshaw in 1956 was 52, and 74 in 2004.

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