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Herb Family History

Herb Name Meaning

South German: nickname for a harsh or rough person, from Middle High German herb ‘severe’, ‘harsh’. German: from the personal name Herpo, a pet form of Herbert.

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


Similar surnames: Herr, Herm, Hebb, Harb, Garb, Erb, Helf, Bern, Herd, Herl

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Where is the Herb family from?

You can see how Herb families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Herb family name was found in the USA, the UK, and Canada between 1840 and 1920. The most Herb families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 13 Herb families living in Pennsylvania. This was about 72% of all the recorded Herb's in the USA. Pennsylvania had the highest population of Herb families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Herb surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Herb ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and New Worker were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Herb. 21% of Herb men worked as a Laborer and 9% of Herb women worked as a New Worker. Some less common occupations for Americans named Herb were Clerk 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

  • Laborer
    21%
  • Farmer
    12%
  • Salesman
    7%
  • Clerk
    5%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • New Worker
    9%
  • Housework
    9%
  • Maid
    9%
  • Stenographer
    7%
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Census Records

There are 12,000 census records available for the last name Herb. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Herb 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 1,000 immigration records available for the last name Herb. 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 7,000 military records available for the last name Herb. For the veterans among your Herb ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Herb lifespan?

Between 1955 and 2004, in the United States, Herb life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1957, and highest in 1998. The average life expectancy for Herb in 1955 was 47, and 79 in 2004.

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