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Deshields Family History

Deshields Name Meaning

Possibly a part Americanized form of Dutch de Schilder, an occupational name for a gilder or painter (of arms), from schilder ‘painter’, a derivative of schild ‘shield’, ‘scutcheon’, ‘coat of arms’.

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


Similar surnames: Shield, Shields, O'shields, Knepshield, Schield, Michiels, Belfield

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Where is the Deshields family from?

You can see how Deshields families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Deshields family name was found in the USA between 1840 and 1920. The most Deshields families were found in the USA in 1920. In 1840 there were 2 Deshields families living in Maryland. This was about 29% of all the recorded Deshields's in the USA. Maryland and 1 other state had the highest population of Deshields families in 1840.
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What did your Deshields ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Domestic were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Deshields. 39% of Deshields men worked as a Laborer and 20% of Deshields women worked as a Domestic. Some less common occupations for Americans named Deshields were Farming and Housewife.

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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
    39%
  • Farmer
    11%
  • Truck Driver
    9%
  • Farming
    6%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Domestic
    20%
  • Maid
    15%
  • Housework
    14%
  • Housewife
    7%
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Passenger Lists

There are 361 immigration records available for the last name Deshields. 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 Deshields. For the veterans among your Deshields ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Deshields lifespan?

Between 1945 and 2004, in the United States, Deshields life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1945, and highest in 1964. The average life expectancy for Deshields in 1945 was 25, and 73 in 2004.

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