Kershaw Family History

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Kershaw Name Meaning

English: habitational name from Kirkshaw in the parish of Rochdale, Lancashire, so named from northern Middle English kirk ‘church’ + shaw ‘grove’. There are two minor places in West Yorkshire called Kershaw, which may be of the same origin and may also lie behind the surname, but on the other hand they may themselves derive from the surname. In some cases the name may be topographic for someone who lived near the ‘church grove’.

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

Similar surnames: Henshaw, Shaw, Renshaw, Redshaw, Kirkham, Forshaw, Worsham, Deshaw

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Kershaw Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Kershaw name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Kershaw. 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


  • Eastern Europe & Russia


  • France


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Kershaw Family Origin

Where is the Kershaw family from?

Kershaw Family Occupations

What did your Kershaw ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, the most common Kershaw occupation in the USA was Farmer. 18% of Kershaw's were Farmers. A less common occupation for the Kershaw family was Works In Cotton Mill. Farmer, Laborer and Keeping House were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Kershaw.

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  • Farmer

  • Laborer

  • Keeping House

  • Works In Cotton Mill


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Kershaw Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 167,000 census records available for the last name Kershaw. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Kershaw 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 23,000 immigration records available for the last name Kershaw. 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 12,000 military records available for the last name Kershaw. For the veterans among your Kershaw ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Kershaw Life Expectancy

What is the average Kershaw lifespan?

Between 1948 and 2004, in the United States, Kershaw life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1950, and highest in 1999. The average life expectancy for Kershaw in 1948 was 44, and 75 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Kershaw 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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