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Heather Family History

Heather Name Meaning

English: topographic name, a variant of Heath with the addition of the habitational suffix -er. This surname is widespread in southern England, and also well established in Ireland.

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

Similar surnames: Heath, Feather, Hatcher, Heeter, Werther, Heatley, Leather, Heater

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Where is the Heather family from?

You can see how Heather families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Heather family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Heather families were found in the UK in 1891. In 1840 there were 5 Heather families living in Indiana. This was about 63% of all the recorded Heather's in the USA. Indiana had the highest population of Heather families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Heather surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Heather ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Teacher were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Heather. 21% of Heather men worked as a Laborer and 12% of Heather women worked as a Teacher. Some less common occupations for Americans named Heather were Miner and Maid.

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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

  • Laborer
  • Farmer
  • Farm Laborer
  • Miner

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Teacher
  • Bookkeeper
  • Housewife
  • Maid
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Census Records

There are 54,000 census records available for the last name Heather. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Heather 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 4,000 immigration records available for the last name Heather. 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 3,000 military records available for the last name Heather. For the veterans among your Heather ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Heather lifespan?

Between 1952 and 2004, in the United States, Heather life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1952, and highest in 1967. The average life expectancy for Heather in 1952 was 23, and 80 in 2004.

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