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Shipman Name Meaning

English: occupational name for a boatman or mariner or perhaps for a boatbuilder from Middle English schipman ‘ship man’. English: occupational name for a shepherd from Middle English schep ship ‘sheep’ + -man. Americanized form (translation into English) of Dutch Schepman or of its already extinct variant Schipman cognates of 1 above.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022

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

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Where is the Shipman family from?

You can see how Shipman families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Shipman family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Shipman families were found in USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 57 Shipman families living in New York. This was about 21% of all the recorded Shipman's in USA. New York had the highest population of Shipman families in 1840.
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What did your Shipman ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Shipman. 21% of Shipman men worked as a Farmer and 10% of Shipman women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Shipman were Salesman and Housekeeper. .

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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
  • Laborer
  • Truck Driver
  • Salesman

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Housewife
  • Maid
  • Waitress
  • Housekeeper
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Census Records

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 Lists

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 Cards

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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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.

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