Sharp Family History

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Sharp Name Meaning

English: nickname from Middle English scharp ‘keen’, ‘active’, ‘quick’. Irish (County Donegal): Anglicized (part translated) form of Gaelic Ó Géaráin ‘descendant of Géarán’, a byname from a diminutive of géar ‘sharp’. Americanized form of any of several European names with similar meaning, for example German Scharf.

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

Similar surnames: Short, Harp, Shane, Scharp, Sharf, Sari, Sapp, Spark, Scharf, Shamp

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Sharp Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Sharp name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Sharp. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


  • Norway


  • Sweden


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Sharp Family Origin

Where is the Sharp family from?

Sharp Family Occupations

What did your Sharp ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, Farmer, Laborer and Keeping House were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Sharp. A less common occupation for the Sharp family was Farming. The most common Sharp occupation in the USA was Farmer. 43% of Sharp's were Farmers.

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  • Farmer

  • Laborer

  • Keeping House

  • Farming


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Sharp Historical Records

What Sharp family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 872,000 census records available for the last name Sharp. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Sharp 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 73,000 immigration records available for the last name Sharp. 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 124,000 military records available for the last name Sharp. For the veterans among your Sharp ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Sharp Life Expectancy

What is the average Sharp lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Sharp life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1953, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Sharp in 1940 was 46, and 75 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Sharp 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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