Sheikh Family History

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Sheikh Name Meaning

Muslim: from Arabic shaikh, a title denoting a political or spiritual leader of a community. Shaikh ul-Islam ‘leader of Islam’, was the title of the highest religious office in Ottoman Turkey. Shaikh also means ‘chief’ or ‘head’ (Qur’an 28:23). This name is found throughout the Muslim world.

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

Similar surnames: Shaikh, Sleigh, Seith, Shein, Speich, Rhein, Schein, Heien, Eich

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Sheikh Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Sheikh name?

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

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  • Southern Asia


  • England & Wales


  • Western & Central India


  • Middle East


  • Ireland & Scotland


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Sheikh Family Origin

Where is the Sheikh family from?

Sheikh Family Occupations

What did your Sheikh ancestors do for a living?

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

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Sheikh Historical Records

What Sheikh family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 344 census records available for the last name Sheikh. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Sheikh 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 529 immigration records available for the last name Sheikh. 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 861 military records available for the last name Sheikh. For the veterans among your Sheikh ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Sheikh Life Expectancy

What is the average Sheikh lifespan?

Between 1984 and 2003, in the United States, Sheikh life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1993, and highest in 1999. The average life expectancy for Sheikh in 1984 was 58, and 65 in 2003.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Sheikh 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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