Shane Family History

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Shane Name Meaning

Northern Irish: shortened form of McShane, an Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Seáin ‘son of John’. Americanized spelling of Jewish Schein or Shain. Americanized spelling of German Schön (see Schoen).

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

Similar surnames: Shand, Shine, Shaner, Shan, Schane, Stine, Shank, Shake, Shade, Shave

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Shane Family Origin

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Shane Family Occupations

What did your Shane ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, Labourer, Coal Miner and Bricklayer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Shane. The most common Shane occupation in the UK was Labourer. 8% of Shane's were Labourers. A less common occupation for the Shane family was Game Keeper.

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  • Labourer

  • Coal Miner

  • Bricklayer

  • Game Keeper


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

Shane Historical Records

What Shane family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 51,000 census records available for the last name Shane. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Shane 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 Shane. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the UK, 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 Shane. For the veterans among your Shane ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Shane Life Expectancy

What is the average Shane lifespan?

Between 1942 and 2004, in the United States, Shane life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1942, and highest in 1999. The average life expectancy for Shane in 1942 was 38, and 76 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Shane

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Shane 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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