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Hearn Name Meaning

Irish: reduced Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó hEachthighearna ‘descendant of Eachthighearna’, a personal name meaning ‘lord of horses’, from each ‘horse’ + tighearna ‘master’, ‘lord’. This name is most common in southwestern Ireland. Irish: Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó hUidhrín (see Herron). English: variant of Heron 1. English: topographic name for someone who lived by a bend in a river or in a recess in a hill, both of which are meanings of Middle English herne (Old English hyrne). It may also be a habitational name from any of the various places, such as Herne in Kent and Hurn in Dorset, which are named with the Old English word. Its exact original sense and its etymology are not clear; it may be a derivative of horn ‘horn’. English: habitational name from Herne in Bedfordshire, so called from the dative plural (originally used after a preposition) of Old English hær ‘stone’.

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


Similar surnames: Horn, Dean, Bean, Shean, Heard, Haar, Mears, Kearn, Kearns, O'hearn

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Where is the Hearn family from?

You can see how Hearn families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Hearn family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Hearn families were found in the UK in 1891. In 1840 there were 32 Hearn families living in Delaware. This was about 18% of all the recorded Hearn's in the USA. Delaware had the highest population of Hearn families in 1840.
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What did your Hearn ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Hearn. 19% of Hearn men worked as a Farmer and 8% of Hearn women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Hearn were Clerk 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
    19%
  • Laborer
    16%
  • Salesman
    6%
  • Clerk
    4%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housewife
    8%
  • Stenographer
    7%
  • Teacher
    7%
  • Housekeeper
    7%
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

There are 13,000 immigration records available for the last name Hearn. 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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There are 25,000 military records available for the last name Hearn. For the veterans among your Hearn ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Hearn lifespan?

Between 1942 and 2004, in the United States, Hearn life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1942, and highest in 1997. The average life expectancy for Hearn in 1942 was 32, and 72 in 2004.

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