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
Scholar 1,676
Cotton Weaver 408
Cotton Operative 119
House Keeper 83
Coal Miner 83
Woollen Weaver 83
Dress Maker 61
Worsted Weaver 50
General Labourer 48
Cotton Winder 46
Worsted Spinner 45
Cotton Piecer 41
Cotton Reeler 41
Annuitant 39
Cotton Spinner 39
House Wife 35
Stone Mason 33
Labourer 32
Domestic Servant 30
Grocer 29
Charwoman 25
Joiner 25
Carter 24
Iron Moulder 24
Weaver Cotton 24

Kershaw Surname Variants Ranking

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

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