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Shoesmith Family History

Shoesmith Surname Meaning

English: occupational name for a blacksmith who either specialized in shoeing horses (a farrier) or in making and fitting iron blades known as shoes such as the tips of spades and the plowshares on plow moldboards from Middle English sho ‘shoe’ (Old English scōh) + smith ‘smith’ (Old English smith).

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022


Similar surnames: Nesmith, Smith, Coopersmith, Arrowsmith, Goldsmith, Hockensmith

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Where is the Shoesmith family from?

You can see how Shoesmith families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Shoesmith family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Shoesmith families were found in United Kingdom in 1891. In 1891 there were 334 Shoesmith families living in Sussex. This was about 30% of all the recorded Shoesmith's in United Kingdom. Sussex had the highest population of Shoesmith families in 1891.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Shoesmith surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Shoesmith ancestors do for a living?

In 1939, General Labourer and Unpaid Domestic Duties were the top reported jobs for men and women in the United Kingdom named Shoesmith. 26% of Shoesmith men worked as a General Labourer and 78% of Shoesmith women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Shoesmith were Gardener and Cotton Weaver. .

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

Top Male Occupations In 1939

  • General Labourer
    26%
  • Postman
    10%
  • Cotton Weaver
    8%
  • Gardener
    7%

Top Female Occupations In 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
    78%
  • Domestic Servant
    3%
  • Housewife
    3%
  • Cotton Weaver
    2%
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Census Records

There are 21,000 census records available for the last name Shoesmith. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Shoesmith census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger Lists

There are 1,000 immigration records available for the last name Shoesmith. 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 Cards

There are 1,000 military records available for the last name Shoesmith. For the veterans among your Shoesmith ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Shoesmith lifespan?

Between 1952 and 2004, in the United States, Shoesmith life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1952, and highest in 1982. The average life expectancy for Shoesmith in 1952 was 25, and 91 in 2004.

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