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

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Shire Family Occupations

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  • Farmer

    30%
  • School

    28%
  • Farm Laborer

    4%
  • Laborer

    4%

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.

Source: Census data for Shire | Data not to scale

Shire Historical Records

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Shire Life Expectancy

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United States

Between 1952 and 2004, 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.

Source: Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Shire

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