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Shipley Name Meaning

English: habitational name from any of the various places, for example in Derbyshire, County Durham, Northumberland, Shropshire, Sussex, and West Yorkshire, so called from Old English sceap, scip ‘sheep’ + leah ‘wood’, ‘clearing’.

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


Similar surnames: Shirley, Shepley, Chipley, Shelley, Shippey, Ripley, Shippen, Smitley

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Where is the Shipley family from?

You can see how Shipley families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Shipley family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Shipley families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 94 Shipley families living in Maryland. This was about 32% of all the recorded Shipley's in the USA. Maryland had the highest population of Shipley families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Shipley surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Shipley ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housekeeper were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Shipley. 17% of Shipley men worked as a Farmer and 8% of Shipley women worked as a Housekeeper. Some less common occupations for Americans named Shipley were Truck Driver and Stenographer.

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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
    17%
  • Laborer
    16%
  • Salesman
    5%
  • Truck Driver
    4%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housekeeper
    8%
  • Housewife
    8%
  • Teacher
    6%
  • Stenographer
    6%
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Census Records

There are 125,000 census records available for the last name Shipley. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Shipley 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 8,000 immigration records available for the last name Shipley. 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 21,000 military records available for the last name Shipley. For the veterans among your Shipley ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Shipley lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Shipley life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 1996. The average life expectancy for Shipley in 1940 was 40, and 73 in 2004.

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