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Sheldon Name Meaning

English: habitational name in most cases from Sheldon in Derbyshire but sometimes from Sheldon in Warwickshire or Devon or from Sheldon in Chippenham (Wiltshire). The Derbyshire place recorded in Domesday Book as Scelhadun probably takes its name from Old English scelf ‘rock ledge shelf’ + the placename Haddon itself from Old English hǣth ‘heath’ + dūn ‘hill’. The Warwickshire and Wiltshire placenames probably derive from Old English scelf + dūn while the Devon placename probably comes from Old English scelf + denu ‘valley’.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022


Similar surnames: Skeldon, Shelton, Eldon, Hendon, Elton, Wheeldon, Selden, Sneddon

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Where is the Sheldon family from?

You can see how Sheldon families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Sheldon family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Sheldon families were found in USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 268 Sheldon families living in New York. This was about 39% of all the recorded Sheldon's in USA. New York had the highest population of Sheldon families in 1840.
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What did your Sheldon ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Sheldon. 15% of Sheldon men worked as a Farmer and 8% of Sheldon women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Sheldon were Truck Driver and Stenographer. .

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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

  • Farmer
    15%
  • Laborer
    13%
  • Salesman
    6%
  • Truck Driver
    4%

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Housewife
    8%
  • Teacher
    8%
  • Housekeeper
    7%
  • Stenographer
    7%
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What is the average Sheldon lifespan?

Between 1944 and 2004, in the United States, Sheldon life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1946, and highest in 2001. The average life expectancy for Sheldon in 1944 was 56, and 75 in 2004.

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