Sherman Family History

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Sherman Name Meaning

English: occupational name for a sheepshearer or someone who used shears to trim the surface of finished cloth and remove excess nap, from Middle English shereman ‘shearer’. Americanized spelling of German Schuermann. Jewish (Ashkenazic): occupational name for a tailor, from Yiddish sher ‘scissors’ + man ‘man’.

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

Similar surnames: Scherman, Herman, Sturman, German, Shurman, Derman, Seeman, Sterman

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Sherman Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Sherman name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Sherman. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • European Jewish


  • Germanic Europe


  • Eastern Europe & Russia


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Sherman Family Origin

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Sherman Family Occupations

What did your Sherman ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, a less common occupation for the Sherman family was Labourer. Agricultural Labourer, Farm Labourer and Farmer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Sherman. The most common Sherman occupation in the UK was Agricultural Labourer. 6% of Sherman's were Agricultural Labourers.

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  • Agricultural Labourer

  • Farm Labourer

  • Farmer

  • Labourer


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

Sherman Historical Records

What Sherman family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 451,000 census records available for the last name Sherman. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Sherman 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 43,000 immigration records available for the last name Sherman. 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 87,000 military records available for the last name Sherman. For the veterans among your Sherman ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Sherman Life Expectancy

What is the average Sherman lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Sherman life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Sherman in 1940 was 40, and 76 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Sherman

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Sherman 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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