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Shapiro Family History

Shapiro Name Meaning

Jewish (eastern Ashkenazic): habitational name among Eastern European Jews from the Yiddish name of the German city of Speyer (see Speyer and compare Spiro).

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


Similar surnames: Spiro, Shapero, Shapira, Shafir, Schapiro, Sapiro, Shamis, Haro

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Where is the Shapiro family from?

You can see how Shapiro families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Shapiro family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1880 and 1920. The most Shapiro families were found in the USA in 1920. In 1880 there were 16 Shapiro families living in New York. This was about 80% of all the recorded Shapiro's in the USA. New York had the highest population of Shapiro families in 1880.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Shapiro surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Shapiro ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Salesman and Bookkeeper were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Shapiro. 18% of Shapiro men worked as a Salesman and 10% of Shapiro women worked as a Bookkeeper. Some less common occupations for Americans named Shapiro were Manager and Clerk.

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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

  • Salesman
    18%
  • Proprietor
    7%
  • Clerk
    6%
  • Manager
    5%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Bookkeeper
    10%
  • Stenographer
    9%
  • Saleslady
    9%
  • Clerk
    8%
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Census Records

There are 89,000 census records available for the last name Shapiro. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Shapiro 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 34,000 immigration records available for the last name Shapiro. 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 18,000 military records available for the last name Shapiro. For the veterans among your Shapiro ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Shapiro lifespan?

Between 1942 and 2004, in the United States, Shapiro life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1942, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Shapiro in 1942 was 41, and 81 in 2004.

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