Shire Name Meaning

English and Irish (County Limerick; of English origin): from Old English scir, Middle English s(c)hire ‘shire’, perhaps a topographic name for someone who lived by the meeting place of a shire.

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

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Shire Family Origin

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Shire Family Occupations

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  • Farmer

    33%
  • Laborer

    11%
  • Keeping House

    4%
  • Farming

    3%

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

Source: Census data for Shire | Data not to scale

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Shire Life Expectancy

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United States

Between 1952 and 2004, Shire life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1952, and highest in 2001. The average life expectancy for Shire in 1952 was 36, and 73 in 2004.

Source: Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Shire

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