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Shum Family History

Shum Name Meaning

English: unexplained. Jewish (Ashkenazic): variant spelling of Schum. Chinese : (Pinyin Cen) this surname was derived from an area so named during the Zhou dynasty (1122–221 bc).

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

Similar surnames: Hum, Sham, Sum, Shu, Schum, Su, Shim, Sui, Shur, Shuck

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Where is the Shum family from?

You can see how Shum families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Shum family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Shum families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there was 1 Shum family living in Ohio. This was about 25% of all the recorded Shum's in the USA. Ohio and 3 other states had the highest population of Shum families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Shum surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Shum ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Shum. 29% of Shum men worked as a Farmer and 25% of Shum women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Shum were Farming and Operator.

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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
  • Farming

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housewife
  • Waitress
  • Teacher
  • Operator
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Census Records

There are 5,000 census records available for the last name Shum. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Shum 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 2,000 immigration records available for the last name Shum. 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 549 military records available for the last name Shum. For the veterans among your Shum ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Shum lifespan?

Between 1957 and 2004, in the United States, Shum life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1978, and highest in 1998. The average life expectancy for Shum in 1957 was 70, and 68 in 2004.

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