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 371
Cotton Spinner 103
Living On Own Means 95
Woollen Weaver 74
Cotton Card Room Hand 70
Cotton Winder 58
Scholar 54
Dress Maker 53
General Labourer 51
Worsted Spinner 46
Cotton Piecer 39
Stone Mason 32
Farmer 30
General Servant Domestic 19
House Keeper Domestic 19
Iron Moulder 18
Dressmaker 17
Farm Labourer 17
Worsted Weaver 17
Blacksmith 16
Butcher 16
Coal Miner Hewer 16
Milliner 16
Char Woman 15
Grocer 15

Kershaw Surname Variants Ranking

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

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