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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

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  • Agricultural Labourer

    5%
  • Dressmaker

    3%
  • Farm Labourer

    2%
  • Annuitant

    2%

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

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Sheffield Historical Records

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Sheffield Life Expectancy

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