Openshaw Family History

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Openshaw Name Meaning

English (Lancashire): habitational name from a place in Greater Manchester called Openshaw, from Old English open ‘open’ (i.e. not surrounded by a hedge) + sceaga ‘copse’.

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

Similar surnames: Henshaw, Renshaw, Upshaw, Cranshaw, Redshaw, Earnshaw, Kershaw

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Openshaw Family Origin

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Openshaw Family Occupations

What did your Openshaw ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, Keeping House, Laborer and Printer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Openshaw. The most common Openshaw occupation in the USA was Keeping House. 11% of Openshaw's were Keeping Houses. A less common occupation for the Openshaw family was Works In Mill.

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  • Keeping House

  • Laborer

  • Printer

  • Works In Mill


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

Openshaw Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 19,000 census records available for the last name Openshaw. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Openshaw 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 2,000 immigration records available for the last name Openshaw. 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 2,000 military records available for the last name Openshaw. For the veterans among your Openshaw ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Openshaw Life Expectancy

What is the average Openshaw lifespan?

Between 1950 and 2004, in the United States, Openshaw life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1959, and highest in 1992. The average life expectancy for Openshaw in 1950 was 68, and 72 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Openshaw

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Openshaw 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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