Shire Family History

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Shire Name Meaning

English and Irish (County Limerick; of English origin): from Old English scir, Middle English s(c)hire ‘shire’, perhaps a topographic name for someone who lived by the meeting place of a shire.

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

Similar surnames: Shore, Spire, Shine, Wire, Score, Suire, Stipe, Boire, Saile, Shirer

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Shire Family Origin

Where is the Shire family from?

Shire Family Occupations

What did your Shire ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, a less common occupation for the Shire family was Laborer. Farmer, School and Farm Laborer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Shire. The most common Shire occupation in Canada was Farmer. 30% of Shire's were Farmers.

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  • Farmer

  • School

  • Farm Laborer

  • Laborer


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

Shire Historical Records

What Shire family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 13,000 census records available for the last name Shire. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Shire 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 1,000 immigration records available for the last name Shire. 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 3,000 military records available for the last name Shire. For the veterans among your Shire ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Shire Life Expectancy

What is the average Shire lifespan?

Between 1952 and 2004, in the United States, Shire life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1952, and highest in 2001. The average life expectancy for Shire in 1952 was 36, and 73 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Shire

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Shire 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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