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Shoaf Name Meaning

Possibly an Americanized form of German Schauf(f), from the Swabian for ‘sheep’, hence probably a metonymic occupational name for a shepherd or a nickname for someone thought to resemble a sheep in some way. Compare Shoaff.

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


Similar surnames: Schaaf, Shock, Sheaff, Shad, Hoak, Shoun, Schoof, Shoop, Sloat, Haaf

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Where is the Shoaf family from?

You can see how Shoaf families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Shoaf family name was found in the USA, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Shoaf families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 9 Shoaf families living in North Carolina. This was about 38% of all the recorded Shoaf's in the USA. North Carolina had the highest population of Shoaf families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Shoaf surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Shoaf ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Shoaf. 28% of Shoaf men worked as a Farmer and 16% of Shoaf women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Shoaf were Carpenter and Waitress.

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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
    28%
  • Laborer
    17%
  • Salesman
    6%
  • Carpenter
    6%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housewife
    16%
  • Housekeeper
    13%
  • Teacher
    9%
  • Waitress
    9%
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Census Records

There are 10,000 census records available for the last name Shoaf. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Shoaf 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 419 immigration records available for the last name Shoaf. 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 2,000 military records available for the last name Shoaf. For the veterans among your Shoaf ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Shoaf lifespan?

Between 1945 and 2004, in the United States, Shoaf life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1954, and highest in 2000. The average life expectancy for Shoaf in 1945 was 42, and 73 in 2004.

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