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Sheldon Name Meaning

English: habitational name from any of the various places so called. The main source is probably the one in Derbyshire, recorded in Domesday Book as Scelhadun, formed by the addition of the Old English distinguishing term scylf ‘shelf’ to the place name Haddon (from Old English h?ð ‘heath(er)’ + dun ‘hill’). There are also places called Sheldon in Devon (from Old English scylf ‘shelf’ + denu ‘valley’) and Birmingham (from Old English scylf + dun ‘hill’).

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


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

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Sheldon Family Origin

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Sheldon Family Occupations

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In 1880, a less common occupation for the Sheldon family was Carpenter. The most common Sheldon occupation in the USA was Farmer. 39% of Sheldon's were Farmers. Farmer, Keeping House and Laborer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Sheldon.

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  • Farmer

    39%
  • Keeping House

    7%
  • Laborer

    5%
  • Carpenter

    3%

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Sheldon Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 3,000 census records available for the last name Sheldon. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Sheldon 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 642 immigration records available for the last name Sheldon. 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 1,000 military records available for the last name Sheldon. For the veterans among your Sheldon ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Sheldon Life Expectancy

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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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