History of your Surname
Get access to Ackerman family records.Start a free trial

Ackerman Family History

Ackerman Name Meaning

Dutch: occupational name from akkerman ‘plowman’; a frequent name in New Netherland in the 17th century. Later, it probably absorbed some cases of the cognate German and Swedish names, Ackermann and Åkerman respectively. English: from a medieval term denoting feudal status, Middle English akerman (Old English æcerman, from æcer ‘field, acre’ + man ‘man’). Typically, an ackerman was a bond tenant of a manor holding half a virgate of arable land, for which he paid by serving as a plowman. The term was also used generically to denote a plowman or husbandman. Variant of German and Jewish Ackermann.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press

Similar surnames: Ackermann, Ockerman, Akerman, Aukerman, Akkerman, Wackerman, Scherman

Search for a relative to learn more about your family history.

Hint: Try searching for a relative alive in 1940.

Black & white image of a young woman scientist

Where is the Ackerman family from?

You can see how Ackerman families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Ackerman family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Ackerman families were found in USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 157 Ackerman families living in New York. This was about 44% of all the recorded Ackerman's in USA. New York had the highest population of Ackerman families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Ackerman surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Ackerman ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Stenographer were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Ackerman. 12% of Ackerman men worked as a Farmer and 8% of Ackerman women worked as a Stenographer. Some less common occupations for Americans named Ackerman were Clerk and Teacher. .

View Census Data for Ackerman | Data not to scale

*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
  • Salesman
  • Clerk

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Stenographer
  • Housewife
  • Clerk
  • Teacher
Black & white image of two construction labourers

What Ackerman family records will you find?

Census Records

There are 140,000 census records available for the last name Ackerman. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Ackerman census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

Search US census records for Ackerman

Passenger Lists

There are 18,000 immigration records available for the last name Ackerman. 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.

View all Ackerman immigration records

Draft Cards

There are 28,000 military records available for the last name Ackerman. For the veterans among your Ackerman ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

View all Ackerman military records

You've only scratched the surface of Ackerman family history

Discover More

What is the average Ackerman lifespan?

Between 1943 and 2004, in the United States, Ackerman life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1943, and highest in 2002. The average life expectancy for Ackerman in 1943 was 38, and 76 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Ackerman

Discover the unique achievements of ancestors in the Ackerman family tree

Explore Your Tree

Browse profiles of historical people with the Ackerman last name

Search for another surname
Enter last name/surname
Start a 14-Day Free Trial