Kershaw Name Origin, Meaning and Family History

Kershaw Name Meaning: Taken from the Anglo-Saxon word 'kirk' meaning 'church' and 'sceaga/shaw' meaning 'wood/copse'.

A name given to someone who lived or worked in a 'church wood' (a wood owned by the church). The name may have also been taken from a place of the same name.

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Surname Distribution

Census frequency by county

Name Concentrations Within England and Wales

Kershaw Surname Statistics

Top Professions for the Kershaw family

Profession Census Frequency
Cotton Weaver 197
Weaver 128
Labourer 100
Independent 81
Woollen Weaver 59
Cotton Piecer 57
Cotton Spinner 51
Coal Miner 48
Farmer 44
Female Servant 43
Stone Mason 40
Agricultural Labourer 31
Worsted Weaver 31
Woollen Spinner 30
Piecer 28
Woollen Weaver J 26
Spinner 25
Male Servant 23
Cotton Reeler 22
Dyer 22
Power Loom Weaver 22
Carter 19
Blacksmith 18
Mechanic 18
Wool Comber 17

Kershaw Surname Variants Ranking

Rank Surname Match Census Frequency
1 Kershaw 100% 63,087
2 Kirshaw 86% 894

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