Shetland Family History

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Shetland Name Meaning

Historically, surnames evolved as a way to sort people into groups - by occupation, place of origin, clan affiliation, patronage, parentage, adoption, and even physical characteristics (like red hair). Many of the modern surnames in the dictionary can be traced back to Britain and Ireland.

Similar surnames: Hetland, Helland, Heiland, Hegland, Netland, Heitland, Swetland

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Shetland Family Origin

Where is the Shetland family from?

Shetland Family Occupations

What did your Shetland ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, Carpenter, Farmer and Cabinet Maker were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Shetland. A less common occupation for the Shetland family was Keeps Livery Stable. The most common Shetland occupation in the USA was Carpenter. 25% of Shetland's were Carpenters.

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  • Carpenter

  • Farmer

  • Cabinet Maker

  • Keeps Livery Stable


Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Shetland ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Shetland Historical Records

What Shetland family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 553 census records available for the last name Shetland. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Shetland census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

Search 1940's US census records for Shetland

Passenger List

There are 66 immigration records available for the last name Shetland. 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 Card

There are 237 military records available for the last name Shetland. For the veterans among your Shetland ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Shetland Life Expectancy

What is the average Shetland lifespan?

Between 1964 and 2001, in the United States, Shetland life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1964, and highest in 1986. The average life expectancy for Shetland in 1964 was 47, and 59 in 2001.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Shetland

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Shetland ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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