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Shen Name Meaning

Chinese : from the name of the state of Shen, in present-day Henan province. During the reign of the second Zhou dynasty king Cheng Wang (1115–1079 bc), Dan Shuji, the tenth son of Wen Wang, was granted the state of Shen, and his descendants subsequently adopted the name of the state as their surname. Chinese : two accounts of the source of Shen both deal with states named Shen; one was established early in the Zhou dynasty (1122–221 bc) while the other was established later in the Zhou dynasty. Descendants of the ruling classes adopted the state name Shen as their surname. Jewish (Ashkenazic): variant spelling of Schoen.

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

Similar surnames: Shan, Chen, Sheng, Zhen, Shein, Che, Shon, Shenk, Suen, Sher

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Shen Family Origin

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Shen Family Occupations

What did your Shen ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, a less common occupation for the Shen family was Foreman Paper Mill. Laborer, Butcher and Farmer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Shen. The most common Shen occupation in the USA was Laborer. 25% of Shen's were Laborers.

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  • Laborer

  • Butcher

  • Farmer

  • Foreman Paper Mill


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Shen Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 4,000 census records available for the last name Shen. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Shen 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 5,000 immigration records available for the last name Shen. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in Canada, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Card

There are 1,000 military records available for the last name Shen. For the veterans among your Shen ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Shen Life Expectancy

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Between 1964 and 2004, in the United States, Shen life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1968, and highest in 1987. The average life expectancy for Shen in 1964 was 66, and 75 in 2004.

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