Upshaw Family History

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Upshaw Name Meaning

English (East Anglia): probably a habitational name from a lost or unidentified place named with Old English upp ‘up(per)’ + sc(e)aga ‘copse’, or a topographic name with the same meaning.

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

Similar surnames: Shaw, Upshur, Upham, Haw, Upson, Deshaw, Isham, Openshaw, Renshaw

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Upshaw Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Upshaw name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Upshaw. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Cameroon, Congo, & Southern Bantu Peoples


  • Benin/Togo


  • Germanic Europe


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Upshaw Family Origin

Where is the Upshaw family from?

Upshaw Family Occupations

What did your Upshaw ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, Farmer, Laborer and Farming were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Upshaw. A less common occupation for the Upshaw family was Keeping House. The most common Upshaw occupation in the USA was Farmer. 46% of Upshaw's were Farmers.

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  • Farmer

  • Laborer

  • Farming

  • Keeping House


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

Upshaw Historical Records

What Upshaw family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 18,000 census records available for the last name Upshaw. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Upshaw 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 549 immigration records available for the last name Upshaw. 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 4,000 military records available for the last name Upshaw. For the veterans among your Upshaw ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Upshaw Life Expectancy

What is the average Upshaw lifespan?

Between 1950 and 2004, in the United States, Upshaw life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1955, and highest in 1951. The average life expectancy for Upshaw in 1950 was 45, and 71 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Upshaw

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Upshaw 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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