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Heard Name Meaning

English: occupational name from Middle English herd(e) hird(e) hord(e) Older Scots herd hird ‘herdsman’ i.e. one who looked after cattle sheep or goats (Old English heorde hierde). Compare Hardman .

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

Similar surnames: Hard, Sheard, Hearn, Beard, Head, Heald, Herd, Guard, Huard, Herod

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Where is the Heard family from?

You can see how Heard families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Heard family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Heard families were found in USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 47 Heard families living in Maine. This was about 24% of all the recorded Heard's in USA. Maine had the highest population of Heard families in 1840.
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What did your Heard ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Maid were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Heard. 22% of Heard men worked as a Farmer and 12% of Heard women worked as a Maid. Some less common occupations for Americans named Heard were Salesman and Housekeeper. .

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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 1940

  • Farmer
  • Laborer
  • Farm Laborer
  • Salesman

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Maid
  • Cook
  • Laborer
  • Housekeeper
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Census Records

There are 155,000 census records available for the last name Heard. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Heard 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 10,000 immigration records available for the last name Heard. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the USA, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

There are 31,000 military records available for the last name Heard. For the veterans among your Heard ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Heard lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Heard life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 2001. The average life expectancy for Heard in 1940 was 61, and 71 in 2004.

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