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Sherman Name Meaning

English: occupational name for a sheepshearer or someone who used shears to trim the surface of finished cloth and remove excess nap, from Middle English shereman ‘shearer’. Americanized spelling of German Schuermann. Jewish (Ashkenazic): occupational name for a tailor, from Yiddish sher ‘scissors’ + man ‘man’.

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


Similar surnames: Scherman, Herman, Sturman, German, Shurman, Derman, Seeman, Sterman

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Where is the Sherman family from?

You can see how Sherman families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Sherman family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Sherman families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 518 Sherman families living in New York. This was about 34% of all the recorded Sherman's in the USA. New York had the highest population of Sherman families in 1840.
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What did your Sherman ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Sherman. 12% of Sherman men worked as a Laborer and 7% of Sherman women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Sherman were Clerk and Clerk.

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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
    12%
  • Farmer
    10%
  • Salesman
    8%
  • Clerk
    3%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housewife
    7%
  • Teacher
    7%
  • Stenographer
    6%
  • Clerk
    5%
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Census Records

There are 451,000 census records available for the last name Sherman. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Sherman 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 43,000 immigration records available for the last name Sherman. 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 87,000 military records available for the last name Sherman. For the veterans among your Sherman ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Sherman lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Sherman life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Sherman in 1940 was 40, and 76 in 2004.

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