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Heer Name Meaning

Frisian: from the Germanic personal name Hero, a short form of compound names with the first element hari, heri ‘army’, as, for instance, Hermann. North German and Dutch: equivalent of Herr.

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

Similar surnames: Beer, Heyer, Heeb, Geer, Peer, Helder, Hees, Hier, Heber, Leer

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Where is the Heer family from?

You can see how Heer families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Heer family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Heer families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 2 Heer families living in Pennsylvania. This was about 50% of all the recorded Heer's in the USA. Pennsylvania had the highest population of Heer families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Heer surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Heer ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Heer. 29% of Heer men worked as a Farmer and 13% of Heer women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Heer were Salesman and Stenographer.

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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
  • Clerk
  • Salesman

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housewife
  • Housekeeper
  • Clerk
  • Stenographer
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Census Records

There are 10,000 census records available for the last name Heer. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Heer 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 3,000 immigration records available for the last name Heer. 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 11,000 military records available for the last name Heer. For the veterans among your Heer ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Heer lifespan?

Between 1948 and 2004, in the United States, Heer life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1949, and highest in 1991. The average life expectancy for Heer in 1948 was 57, and 79 in 2004.

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