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Shim Family History

Shim Name Meaning

Korean: there is only one Chinese character for the surname Shim. Some sources indicate that there are 63 different Shim clans, but only six can be documented. Each of these clans claims a different founding ancestor. The founding ancestor of at least one of them, the P’ungsan Shim clan, originated in China. Most of the other Shim clans came into being during the Koryo period (918–1392). Members of the Shim clans can be found throughout the Korean peninsula.

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

Similar surnames: Shin, Im, Chi, Shi, Shum, Shima, Sham, Sim, Sui, Shiu

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Where is the Shim family from?

You can see how Shim families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Shim family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Shim families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 3 Shim families living in New Jersey. This was about 33% of all the recorded Shim's in the USA. New Jersey and 1 other state had the highest population of Shim families in 1840.
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What did your Shim ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Seamstress were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Shim. 65% of Shim men worked as a Laborer and 50% of Shim women worked as a Seamstress. Some less common occupations for Americans named Shim were Clerk and Proprietor.

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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
  • Sugar Plantation
  • Farmer
  • Clerk

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Seamstress
  • Proprietor
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Census Records

There are 3,000 census records available for the last name Shim. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Shim 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 1,000 immigration records available for the last name Shim. 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 1,000 military records available for the last name Shim. For the veterans among your Shim ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Shim lifespan?

Between 1956 and 2004, in the United States, Shim life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1972, and highest in 1976. The average life expectancy for Shim in 1956 was 61, and 78 in 2004.

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