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Shane Family History

Shane Name Meaning

Northern Irish: shortened form of McShane, an Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Seáin ‘son of John’. Americanized spelling of Jewish Schein or Shain. Americanized spelling of German Schön (see Schoen).

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


Similar surnames: Shand, Shine, Shaner, Shan, Schane, Stine, Shank, Shake, Shade, Shave

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Where is the Shane family from?

You can see how Shane families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Shane family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Shane families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 22 Shane families living in Pennsylvania. This was about 23% of all the recorded Shane's in the USA. Pennsylvania had the highest population of Shane families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Shane surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Shane ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Teacher were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Shane. 15% of Shane men worked as a Laborer and 8% of Shane women worked as a Teacher. Some less common occupations for Americans named Shane were Truck Driver and Waitress.

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations in 1940

  • Laborer
    15%
  • Farmer
    12%
  • Salesman
    8%
  • Truck Driver
    5%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Teacher
    8%
  • Stenographer
    8%
  • Clerk
    8%
  • Waitress
    7%
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Census Records

There are 51,000 census records available for the last name Shane. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Shane census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger Lists

There are 5,000 immigration records available for the last name Shane. 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 Cards

There are 8,000 military records available for the last name Shane. For the veterans among your Shane ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Shane lifespan?

Between 1942 and 2004, in the United States, Shane life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1942, and highest in 1999. The average life expectancy for Shane in 1942 was 38, and 76 in 2004.

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