Shands Family History

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Shands Name Meaning

Variant of Scottish Shand, formed with the English patronymic ending -s. Perhaps an Anglicized spelling of German Schantz.

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

Similar surnames: Sands, Hands, Shand, Shanes, Shanks, Shank, Hand, Hanes, Sand, Shad

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Shands Family Origin

Where is the Shands family from?

Shands Family Occupations

What did your Shands ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, a less common occupation for the Shands family was Farming. The most common Shands occupation in the USA was Farmer. 38% of Shands's were Farmers. Farmer, Laborer and Farm Laborer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Shands.

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  • Farmer

  • Laborer

  • Farm Laborer

  • Farming


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

Shands Historical Records

What Shands family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 5,000 census records available for the last name Shands. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Shands 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 408 immigration records available for the last name Shands. 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 971 military records available for the last name Shands. For the veterans among your Shands ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Shands Life Expectancy

What is the average Shands lifespan?

Between 1941 and 2004, in the United States, Shands life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1958, and highest in 1998. The average life expectancy for Shands in 1941 was 37, and 78 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Shands

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Shands 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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