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Shakespeare Name Meaning

English: from Middle English schak(k)en ‘to brandish’ + speer ‘spear’, nickname for a belligerent person or perhaps a bawdy nickname for an exhibitionist or womanizer.

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


Similar surnames: Makepeace, Hastert, Rakestraw, Blakeslee, Speare, Saenger, Shephard

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Shakespeare Family Origin

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Shakespeare Family Occupations

What did your Shakespeare ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, the most common Shakespeare occupation in the USA was Farmer. 10% of Shakespeare's were Farmers. Farmer, Keeping House and Miller were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Shakespeare. A less common occupation for the Shakespeare family was Miner.

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  • Farmer

    10%
  • Keeping House

    10%
  • Miller

    10%
  • Miner

    10%

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

Shakespeare Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 3,000 census records available for the last name Shakespeare. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Shakespeare 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 642 immigration records available for the last name Shakespeare. 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 1,000 military records available for the last name Shakespeare. For the veterans among your Shakespeare ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Shakespeare Life Expectancy

What is the average Shakespeare lifespan?

Between 1945 and 2004, in the United States, Shakespeare life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1959, and highest in 1989. The average life expectancy for Shakespeare in 1945 was 47, and 61 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Shakespeare

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Shakespeare 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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