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Shilts Name Meaning

Jewish (eastern Ashkenazic): origin uncertain; perhaps a variant of Schulz, with the transition from u to i peculiar to southern Yiddish. Americanized spelling of German Schiltz.

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


Similar surnames: Shults, Shirts, Stilts, Shilt, Shultz, Salts, Holts, Kilts, Whiles

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Where is the Shilts family from?

You can see how Shilts families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Shilts family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Shilts families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 3 Shilts families living in Ohio. This was about 60% of all the recorded Shilts's in the USA. Ohio had the highest population of Shilts families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Shilts surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Shilts ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housekeeper were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Shilts. 37% of Shilts men worked as a Farmer.

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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
    37%
  • Laborer
    18%
  • Farming
    11%
  • Salesman
    11%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housekeeper
    100%
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Census Records

There are 2,000 census records available for the last name Shilts. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Shilts 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 180 immigration records available for the last name Shilts. 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 569 military records available for the last name Shilts. For the veterans among your Shilts ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Shilts lifespan?

Between 1946 and 2004, in the United States, Shilts life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1946, and highest in 1967. The average life expectancy for Shilts in 1946 was 41, and 73 in 2004.

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