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Shreve Name Meaning

English: occupational name for a sheriff, from Middle English schiref, shreeve, shryve ‘sheriff’, from Old English scir ‘shire’, ‘administrative district’ + (ge)refa ‘reeve’ (see Reeve). In some cases it may have arisen from a nickname.

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

Similar surnames: Shove, Shean, Reeve, Shroff, Steve, Greve, Stueve, Stream, Schrage

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Where is the Shreve family from?

You can see how Shreve families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Shreve family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Shreve families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 17 Shreve families living in Virginia. This was about 29% of all the recorded Shreve's in the USA. Virginia had the highest population of Shreve families in 1840.
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What did your Shreve ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Shreve. 22% of Shreve men worked as a Farmer and 11% of Shreve women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Shreve were Clerk 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
  • Salesman
  • Clerk

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housewife
  • Teacher
  • Clerk
  • Housekeeper
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Census Records

There are 21,000 census records available for the last name Shreve. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Shreve 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 1,000 immigration records available for the last name Shreve. 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 6,000 military records available for the last name Shreve. For the veterans among your Shreve ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Shreve lifespan?

Between 1952 and 2004, in the United States, Shreve life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1960, and highest in 2000. The average life expectancy for Shreve in 1952 was 56, and 74 in 2004.

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