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Shi Name Meaning

Chinese : from a character in the personal name Shi Que, name of a high adviser in the state of Wei during the Spring and Autumn period (722–481 bc). This character also means ‘stone’. Chinese : from a word meaning ‘history’. During the Zhou dynasty (1122–221 bc) a man named Yin Yi held the title of ‘High Historian’; he came to be regarded as setting a model for subsequent historians, and his descendants adopted Shi as their surname. Chinese : The earliest records of this surname go back 4000 years to a prince during the Xia dynasty who was granted an area named Shi. Although his descendants adopted the name, historical records do not show a continuation of the clan to the present. Another branch of the name started later, during the Zhou dynasty (1122–221 bc), when a prince of the state of Lu bore the given name Shi Fu, and his descendants adopted the character for Shi as their surname. Chinese : from a word that also means ‘master’ or ‘teacher’ and is derived from Shiyin, an official title during the Zhou dynasty (1122–221 bc). Descendants of various Shiyin adopted the first character of the title as their surname. Chinese : this name, which also means ‘time’, is derived from a character in the given name of Shenshu Shi, a senior minister in the state of Chu during the Zhou dynasty (1122–221 bc).

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

Similar surnames: Sui, Qi, Shan, Shu, Chi, Si, Bai, Cho, Sha, Che

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You can see how Shi families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Shi family name was found in the USA, the UK, and Canada between 1840 and 1920. The most Shi families were found in USA in 1880. In 1840 there was 1 Shi family living in Missouri. This was about 50% of all the recorded Shi's in USA. Missouri and 1 other state had the highest population of Shi families in 1840.
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What did your Shi ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Housewife was the top reported job for people in the USA named Shi. 100% of Shi women worked as a Housewife. .

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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 Female Occupations In 1940

  • Housewife
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Passenger Lists

There are 1,000 immigration records available for the last name Shi. 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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There are 6,000 military records available for the last name Shi. For the veterans among your Shi ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Shi lifespan?

Between 1961 and 2004, in the United States, Shi life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1998, and highest in 1972. The average life expectancy for Shi in 1961 was 70, and 84 in 2004.

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