Shy Name Meaning

Americanized form of Dutch Schuy, an occupational name for a shoemaker, from Middle Dutch schoeyen ‘to shoe’. Americanized spelling of Norwegian and Dutch Schei. Chinese: see Shi.

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

Similar surnames: Sas, Shi, Say, Bay, Shaw, Shu, Sha, Uhr, Hy, Hoy

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Shy Family Origin

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Shy Family Occupations

What did your Shy ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, the most common Shy occupation in the USA was Farmer. 44% of Shy's were Farmers. Farmer, Laborer and Keeping House were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Shy. A less common occupation for the Shy family was Farm Laborer.

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  • Farmer

  • Laborer

  • Keeping House

  • Farm Laborer


Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Shy ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Shy Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 7,000 census records available for the last name Shy. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Shy census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 526 immigration records available for the last name Shy. 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 Card

There are 2,000 military records available for the last name Shy. For the veterans among your Shy ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Shy Life Expectancy

What is the average Shy lifespan?

Between 1945 and 2004, in the United States, Shy life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1945, and highest in 1996. The average life expectancy for Shy in 1945 was 50, and 70 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Shy ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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