Shima Family History

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Shima Name Meaning

Japanese: meaning ‘island’; it is often written with characters used phonetically. The word does not necessarily denote an island surrounded by water, but can also mean a field separated from its village and surrounded by someone else’s property (see Shimada, Nakashima, etc.). The surname is listed in the Shinsen shojiroku. It is found mostly in the Kyoto–Osaka area and in the Ryukyu Islands. Some instances in America may be the result of shortening other names containing the shima component.

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

Similar surnames: Shiba, Shiroma, Soma, Oshima, Shira, Shin, Shim, Sia, Sham, Slama

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Shima Family Origin

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Shima Family Occupations

What did your Shima ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housekeeper were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Shima. 20% of Shima men worked as a Farmer and 60% of Shima women worked as a Housekeeper. Some less common occupations for Americans named Shima were Gardener and Laundress

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Top Male Occupations in 1940

  • Farmer
  • Laborer
  • Farming
  • Gardener

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housekeeper
  • Laundress

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

Shima Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 1,000 census records available for the last name Shima. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Shima 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 1,000 immigration records available for the last name Shima. 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 1,000 military records available for the last name Shima. For the veterans among your Shima ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Shima Life Expectancy

What is the average Shima lifespan?

Between 1963 and 2004, in the United States, Shima life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1970, and highest in 1967. The average life expectancy for Shima in 1963 was 85, and 81 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Shima 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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