Earnshaw Family History

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Earnshaw Name Meaning

English: habitational name from a place in Lancashire, named in Old English as ‘eagle’s nook’ or ‘Earn’s nook’, from Old English halh ‘nook’ (see Hale). Earn is the Old English word meaning ‘eagle’; it is also found as a personal name.

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

Similar surnames: Bagshaw, Henshaw, Renshaw, Shaw, Cranshaw, Openshaw, Kershaw, Farnham

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Earnshaw Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Earnshaw name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Earnshaw. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


  • Norway


  • France


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Earnshaw Family Origin

Where is the Earnshaw family from?

Earnshaw Family Occupations

What did your Earnshaw ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, the most common Earnshaw occupation in the USA was Farmer. 22% of Earnshaw's were Farmers. A less common occupation for the Earnshaw family was Laborer. Farmer, Carpet Weaver and Cotton Mill were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Earnshaw.

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  • Farmer

  • Carpet Weaver

  • Cotton Mill

  • Laborer


Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Earnshaw ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Earnshaw Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 82,000 census records available for the last name Earnshaw. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Earnshaw census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 5,000 immigration records available for the last name Earnshaw. 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 Card

There are 4,000 military records available for the last name Earnshaw. For the veterans among your Earnshaw ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Earnshaw Life Expectancy

What is the average Earnshaw lifespan?

Between 1951 and 2004, in the United States, Earnshaw life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1952, and highest in 1993. The average life expectancy for Earnshaw in 1951 was 43, and 76 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Earnshaw ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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