Shinn Family History

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Shinn Name Meaning

English: metonymic occupational name for a Skinner, from Old English scinn, Middle English shin ‘hide’, ‘pelt’. In Middle English this word was replaced by the Norse equivalent, skinn.

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

Similar surnames: Shine, Ginn, Shean, Shipp, Chinn, Hind, Finn, Shann, Zinn, Smink

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Shinn Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Shinn name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Shinn. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


  • Norway


  • Sweden


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Shinn Family Origin

Where is the Shinn family from?

Shinn Family Occupations

What did your Shinn ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, Farmer, Keeping House and Laborer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Shinn. The most common Shinn occupation in the USA was Farmer. 38% of Shinn's were Farmers. A less common occupation for the Shinn family was Farming.

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  • Farmer

  • Keeping House

  • Laborer

  • Farming


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

Shinn Historical Records

What Shinn family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 49,000 census records available for the last name Shinn. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Shinn 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 2,000 immigration records available for the last name Shinn. 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 9,000 military records available for the last name Shinn. For the veterans among your Shinn ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Shinn Life Expectancy

What is the average Shinn lifespan?

Between 1951 and 2004, in the United States, Shinn life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1955, and highest in 1998. The average life expectancy for Shinn in 1951 was 53, and 78 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Shinn

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Shinn 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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