Shelby Family History

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Shelby Name Meaning

English: of uncertain origin; perhaps a variant of Selby, or a habitational name from an unidentified place named with the northern Middle English elements schele ‘hut’ + by ‘settlement’, ‘farm’ (Old Norse býr).

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

Similar surnames: Selby, Hemby, Bielby, Welby, Smeby, Melby, Shell, Shepley, Shelley

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Shelby Family Origin

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Shelby Family Occupations

What did your Shelby ancestors do for a living?

In 1939, Unpaid Domestic Duties was the top reported job for people in the UK named Shelby. 91% of Shelby women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties

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Top Female Occupations in 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
  • Fancy Box Maker

*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Shelby Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 44,000 census records available for the last name Shelby. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Shelby 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 2,000 immigration records available for the last name Shelby. 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 13,000 military records available for the last name Shelby. For the veterans among your Shelby ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Shelby Life Expectancy

What is the average Shelby lifespan?

Between 1944 and 2004, in the United States, Shelby life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 2000. The average life expectancy for Shelby in 1944 was 28, and 75 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Shelby

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Shelby 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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