Sherlock Family History

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Sherlock Name Meaning

English: nickname for someone with fair hair or a lock of fair hair, from Middle English schirloc, composed of words meaning ‘bright’, ‘fair’ + ‘lock (of hair)’. This surname has also been established in Ireland since the 13th century.

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

Similar surnames: Shedlock, Hurlock, Horlick, Herrick, Sedlock, Shryock, Overlock

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Sherlock Family Origin

Where is the Sherlock family from?

Sherlock Family Occupations

What did your Sherlock ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, the most common Sherlock occupation in the USA was Farmer. 20% of Sherlock's were Farmers. Farmer, Laborer and Keeping House were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Sherlock. A less common occupation for the Sherlock family was Farming.

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  • Farmer

  • Laborer

  • Keeping House

  • Farming


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

Sherlock Historical Records

What Sherlock family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 77,000 census records available for the last name Sherlock. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Sherlock 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 12,000 immigration records available for the last name Sherlock. 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 8,000 military records available for the last name Sherlock. For the veterans among your Sherlock ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Sherlock Life Expectancy

What is the average Sherlock lifespan?

Between 1949 and 2004, in the United States, Sherlock life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1955, and highest in 1996. The average life expectancy for Sherlock in 1949 was 54, and 78 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Sherlock

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Sherlock 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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