Shea Family History

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Shea Name Meaning

Irish: reduced form of O’Shea, Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Séaghdha ‘descendant of Séaghdha’, a byname meaning ‘fine’ or ‘fortunate’.

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

Similar surnames: Shera, Shean, Shead, Shan, Rea, Sem, Shey, Saha, Sosa, Seda

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Shea Family Origin

Where is the Shea family from?

Shea Family Occupations

What did your Shea ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, the most common Shea occupation in the USA was Laborer. 23% of Shea's were Laborers. A less common occupation for the Shea family was Miner. Laborer, Farmer and Keeping House were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Shea.

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  • Laborer

  • Farmer

  • Keeping House

  • Miner


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

Shea Historical Records

What Shea family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 271,000 census records available for the last name Shea. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Shea 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 70,000 immigration records available for the last name Shea. 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 52,000 military records available for the last name Shea. For the veterans among your Shea ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Shea Life Expectancy

What is the average Shea lifespan?

Between 1941 and 2004, in the United States, Shea life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1946, and highest in 2003. The average life expectancy for Shea in 1941 was 38, and 75 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Shea

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Shea 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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