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Shepley Name Meaning

English: habitational name from a place in West Yorkshire, so named from Old English sceap ‘sheep’ + leah ‘woodland clearing’.

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


Similar surnames: Shipley, Shelley, Chesley, Wheeley, Chipley, Henley, Smedley, Hedley

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Where is the Shepley family from?

You can see how Shepley families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Shepley family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Shepley families were found in the UK in 1891. In 1840 there were 16 Shepley families living in Pennsylvania. This was about 38% of all the recorded Shepley's in the USA. Pennsylvania had the highest population of Shepley families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Shepley surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Shepley ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Clerk were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Shepley. 13% of Shepley men worked as a Farmer and 12% of Shepley women worked as a Clerk. Some less common occupations for Americans named Shepley were Truck Driver and Teacher.

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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
    13%
  • Laborer
    13%
  • Salesman
    8%
  • Truck Driver
    7%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Clerk
    12%
  • Stenographer
    12%
  • Housewife
    10%
  • Teacher
    9%
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Census Records

There are 25,000 census records available for the last name Shepley. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Shepley 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 2,000 immigration records available for the last name Shepley. 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 2,000 military records available for the last name Shepley. For the veterans among your Shepley ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Shepley lifespan?

Between 1951 and 2004, in the United States, Shepley life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1961, and highest in 1974. The average life expectancy for Shepley in 1951 was 53, and 69 in 2004.

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