Shipman Family History

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Shipman Name Meaning

occupational name for a shepherd, Middle English schepman (literally ‘sheep man’). occupational name for a mariner, or occasionally perhaps for a boatbuilder, Middle English schipman (literally ‘ship man’).

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

Similar surnames: Sherman, Sliman, Whitman, Hopman, Shireman, Chapman, Lipman, Shippen

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Shipman Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Shipman name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Shipman. 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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Shipman Family Origin

Where is the Shipman family from?

Shipman Family Occupations

What did your Shipman ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, a less common occupation for the Shipman family was Carpenter. The most common Shipman occupation in the USA was Farmer. 44% of Shipman's were Farmers. Farmer, Laborer and Keeping House were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Shipman.

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  • Farmer

  • Laborer

  • Keeping House

  • Carpenter


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

Shipman Historical Records

What Shipman family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 87,000 census records available for the last name Shipman. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Shipman 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 5,000 immigration records available for the last name Shipman. 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 16,000 military records available for the last name Shipman. For the veterans among your Shipman ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Shipman Life Expectancy

What is the average Shipman lifespan?

Between 1941 and 2004, in the United States, Shipman life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1954, and highest in 1991. The average life expectancy for Shipman in 1941 was 52, and 71 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Shipman

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Shipman 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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