Sheffield Family History

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Sheffield Name Meaning

English: habitational name from the city in South Yorkshire, so called from the river name Sheaf (from Old English sceað ‘boundary’) + Old English feld ‘pasture’, ‘open country’. There are also minor places of the same name in Sussex (from Old English sceap, scip ‘sheep’ + feld) and Berkshire (from Old English sceo ‘shelter’, ‘shed’ + feld), which may have contributed to the surname.

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

Similar surnames: Sherfield, Belfield, Edenfield, Chatfield, Hatfield, Duffield

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Sheffield Family Origin

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Sheffield Family Occupations

What did your Sheffield ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, the most common Sheffield occupation in the UK was Agricultural Labourer. 5% of Sheffield's were Agricultural Labourers. Agricultural Labourer, Dressmaker and Farm Labourer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Sheffield. A less common occupation for the Sheffield family was Annuitant.

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  • Agricultural Labourer

  • Dressmaker

  • Farm Labourer

  • Annuitant


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

Sheffield Historical Records

What Sheffield family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 97,000 census records available for the last name Sheffield. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Sheffield 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 7,000 immigration records available for the last name Sheffield. 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 19,000 military records available for the last name Sheffield. For the veterans among your Sheffield ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Sheffield Life Expectancy

What is the average Sheffield lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Sheffield life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1940, and highest in 2000. The average life expectancy for Sheffield in 1940 was 30, and 73 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Sheffield

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Sheffield 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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