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Shaughnessy Name Meaning

Irish: reduced form of O’Shaughnessy.

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

Similar surnames: O'shaughnessy, Haughney, Loughney, Hennessy, Haughey, Haughn, Caughey

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Where is the Shaughnessy family from?

You can see how Shaughnessy families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Shaughnessy family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1841 and 1920. The most Shaughnessy families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1880 there were 294 Shaughnessy families living in New York. This was about 27% of all the recorded Shaughnessy's in the USA. New York had the highest population of Shaughnessy families in 1880.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Shaughnessy surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Shaughnessy ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Stenographer were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Shaughnessy. 14% of Shaughnessy men worked as a Laborer and 17% of Shaughnessy women worked as a Stenographer. Some less common occupations for Americans named Shaughnessy were Farmer and Teacher.

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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
  • Salesman
  • Clerk
  • Farmer

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Stenographer
  • Clerk
  • Secretary
  • Teacher
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Census Records

There are 35,000 census records available for the last name Shaughnessy. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Shaughnessy 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 8,000 immigration records available for the last name Shaughnessy. 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 Shaughnessy. For the veterans among your Shaughnessy ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Shaughnessy lifespan?

Between 1943 and 2004, in the United States, Shaughnessy life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1946, and highest in 1992. The average life expectancy for Shaughnessy in 1943 was 64, and 78 in 2004.

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