Shankar Family History

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Shankar Name Meaning

Indian (southern states): Hindu name from Sanskrit šankara ‘one who brings about happiness or prosperity’ (from Sanskrit šam ‘happiness’, ‘prosperity’ + -kara ‘causing’). This is an epithet of the god Shiva. It is a variant of Sankaran among people who have migrated from Kerala and Tamil Nadu. In India it is found only as a male personal name, but has come to be used as a family name in the U.S. among South Indians.

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

Similar surnames: Sankaran, Thakkar, Shanker, Sarkar, Sharma, Hanser, Sankar, Hanka

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Shankar Family Origin

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Shankar Family Occupations

What did your Shankar ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Housekeeper was the top reported job for people in the US named Shankar.

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Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housekeeper

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Shankar Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 141 census records available for the last name Shankar. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Shankar 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 287 immigration records available for the last name Shankar. 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 932 military records available for the last name Shankar. For the veterans among your Shankar ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Shankar Life Expectancy

What is the average Shankar lifespan?

Between 1980 and 2004, in the United States, Shankar life expectancy was at its lowest point in 2003, and highest in 1993. The average life expectancy for Shankar in 1980 was 82, and 71 in 2004.

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