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Shen Family History

Shen Name Meaning

Chinese : from the name of the state of Shen, in present-day Henan province. During the reign of the second Zhou dynasty king Cheng Wang (1115–1079 bc), Dan Shuji, the tenth son of Wen Wang, was granted the state of Shen, and his descendants subsequently adopted the name of the state as their surname. Chinese : two accounts of the source of Shen both deal with states named Shen; one was established early in the Zhou dynasty (1122–221 bc) while the other was established later in the Zhou dynasty. Descendants of the ruling classes adopted the state name Shen as their surname. Jewish (Ashkenazic): variant spelling of Schoen.

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


Similar surnames: Shan, Chen, Sheng, Zhen, Shein, Che, Shon, Shenk, Suen, Sher

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You can see how Shen families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Shen family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Shen families were found in USA in 1920. In 1840 there was 1 Shen family living in Kentucky. This was 100% of all the recorded Shen's in USA. Kentucky had the highest population of Shen families in 1840.
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What did your Shen ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Clerk were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Shen. 32% of Shen men worked as a Laborer and 18% of Shen women worked as a Clerk. Some less common occupations for Americans named Shen were Proprietor and Seamstress. .

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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

  • Laborer
    32%
  • Farmer
    13%
  • Salesman
    9%
  • Proprietor
    7%

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Clerk
    18%
  • Stenographer
    18%
  • Teacher
    11%
  • Seamstress
    11%
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

There are 5,000 immigration records available for the last name Shen. 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 1,000 military records available for the last name Shen. For the veterans among your Shen ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Shen lifespan?

Between 1964 and 2004, in the United States, Shen life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1968, and highest in 1987. The average life expectancy for Shen in 1964 was 66, and 75 in 2004.

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