Herb Family History

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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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Herb Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Herb name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Herb. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales


  • Germanic Europe


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Eastern Europe & Russia


  • France


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Herb Family Origin

Where is the Herb family from?

Herb Family Occupations

What did your Herb ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, a less common occupation for the Herb family was Tailor. The most common Herb occupation in the USA was Farmer. 21% of Herb's were Farmers. Farmer, Laborer and Carpenter were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Herb.

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  • Farmer

  • Laborer

  • Carpenter

  • Tailor


Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Herb ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Herb Historical Records

What Herb family records will you find?

Census Record

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 List

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 Card

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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Herb Life Expectancy

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.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Herb

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Herb ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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