Shim Family History

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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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Shim Family Origin

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Shim Family Occupations

What did your Shim ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, Farmer, Laborer and Keeping House were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Shim. A less common occupation for the Shim family was Coal Dealer. The most common Shim occupation in the USA was Farmer. 33% of Shim's were Farmers.

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  • Farmer

  • Laborer

  • Keeping House

  • Coal Dealer


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

Shim Historical Records

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Census Record

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 List

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 Card

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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Shim Life Expectancy

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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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Shim 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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