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Shelman Family History

Shelman Name Meaning

Americanized spelling of German Schellmann, a variant of Schell.

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


Similar surnames: Shellman, Eshelman, Sherman, Shewman, Helman, Shuman, Kelman, Seeman

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Where is the Shelman family from?

You can see how Shelman families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Shelman family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Shelman families were found in USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 4 Shelman families living in New York. This was about 19% of all the recorded Shelman's in USA. New York and 1 other state had the highest population of Shelman families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Shelman surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Shelman ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Clerk were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Shelman. 42% of Shelman men worked as a Farmer and 16% of Shelman women worked as a Clerk. Some less common occupations for Americans named Shelman were Salesman and Maid. .

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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
    42%
  • Laborer
    18%
  • Clerk
    8%
  • Salesman
    5%

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Clerk
    16%
  • Housekeeper
    13%
  • Cook
    13%
  • Maid
    10%
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Census Records

There are 5,000 census records available for the last name Shelman. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Shelman 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 296 immigration records available for the last name Shelman. 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 478 military records available for the last name Shelman. For the veterans among your Shelman ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Shelman lifespan?

Between 1962 and 2004, in the United States, Shelman life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1966, and highest in 1990. The average life expectancy for Shelman in 1962 was 52, and 74 in 2004.

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