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Sherwin Name Meaning

English: nickname for a swift runner, from Middle English schere(n) ‘to shear’ + wind ‘wind’.

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


Similar surnames: Sherrin, Sherman, Shean, Sherlin, Sherin, Perrin, Shelton, Verdin

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Where is the Sherwin family from?

You can see how Sherwin families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Sherwin family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Sherwin families were found in the UK in 1891. In 1840 there were 29 Sherwin families living in Vermont. This was about 31% of all the recorded Sherwin's in the USA. Vermont had the highest population of Sherwin families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Sherwin surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Sherwin ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Clerk were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Sherwin. 12% of Sherwin men worked as a Farmer and 9% of Sherwin women worked as a Clerk. Some less common occupations for Americans named Sherwin were Clerk 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
    12%
  • Salesman
    11%
  • Laborer
    11%
  • Clerk
    6%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Clerk
    9%
  • Housewife
    9%
  • Secretary
    9%
  • Teacher
    8%
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Census Records

There are 48,000 census records available for the last name Sherwin. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Sherwin 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 6,000 immigration records available for the last name Sherwin. 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 5,000 military records available for the last name Sherwin. For the veterans among your Sherwin ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Sherwin lifespan?

Between 1953 and 2004, in the United States, Sherwin life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1953, and highest in 1989. The average life expectancy for Sherwin in 1953 was 25, and 76 in 2004.

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