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Shockley Family History

Shockley Name Meaning

English: of uncertain origin. Most probably a habitational name from Shocklach in Cheshire, named in Old English with sceocca ‘goblin’, ‘evil spirit’ + læcc ‘boggy stream’. In the 17th century, the name was most common in Buckinghamshire, England. Perhaps also an Americanized form of Swiss German Schoechli, a topographic name meaning ‘barn’, from a diminutive of Schoch.

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


Similar surnames: Hockley, Shackley, Stockley, Checkley, Buckley, Beckley, Shockey

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Where is the Shockley family from?

You can see how Shockley families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Shockley family name was found in the USA, the UK, and Canada between 1840 and 1920. The most Shockley families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 21 Shockley families living in Delaware. This was about 16% of all the recorded Shockley's in the USA. Delaware had the highest population of Shockley families in 1840.
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What did your Shockley ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Shockley. 24% of Shockley men worked as a Farmer and 10% of Shockley women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Shockley were Salesman and Laborer.

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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
    24%
  • Laborer
    21%
  • Truck Driver
    4%
  • Salesman
    4%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housewife
    10%
  • Housekeeper
    7%
  • Seamstress
    6%
  • Laborer
    6%
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

There are 1,000 immigration records available for the last name Shockley. 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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There are 11,000 military records available for the last name Shockley. For the veterans among your Shockley ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Shockley lifespan?

Between 1944 and 2004, in the United States, Shockley life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1955, and highest in 2001. The average life expectancy for Shockley in 1944 was 36, and 72 in 2004.

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