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

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  • Laborer

    25%
  • Butcher

    13%
  • Farmer

    13%
  • Foreman Paper Mill

    13%

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In 1880, the most common Shen occupation in the USA was Laborer. 25% of Shen's were Laborers. 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.

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Between 1964 and 2004, 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.

Source: Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Shen

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