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Herbert Name Meaning

German, Dutch, English, and French: from a Germanic personal name composed of the elements heri, hari ‘army’ + berht ‘bright’, ‘famous’. In Britain, this Old French name, introduced by the Normans, reinforced the less common Old English cognate Herebeorht. The surname was taken to Ireland after the Anglo-Norman invasion and in the 16th century. Jewish (Ashkenazic): from the German personal name.

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


Similar surnames: Helbert, Hergert, Seibert, Hulbert, Hilbert, Hebert, Sebert, Herbel

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Where is the Herbert family from?

You can see how Herbert families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Herbert family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Herbert families were found in the UK in 1891. In 1840 there were 43 Herbert families living in New Jersey. This was about 17% of all the recorded Herbert's in the USA. New Jersey had the highest population of Herbert families in 1840.
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What did your Herbert ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Maid were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Herbert. 15% of Herbert men worked as a Laborer and 7% of Herbert women worked as a Maid. Some less common occupations for Americans named Herbert were Truck Driver and Teacher.

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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
    15%
  • Farmer
    10%
  • Salesman
    6%
  • Truck Driver
    3%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Maid
    7%
  • Housewife
    7%
  • Stenographer
    7%
  • Teacher
    6%
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Census Records

There are 403,000 census records available for the last name Herbert. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Herbert 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 48,000 immigration records available for the last name Herbert. 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 49,000 military records available for the last name Herbert. For the veterans among your Herbert ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Herbert lifespan?

Between 1944 and 2004, in the United States, Herbert life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1949, and highest in 2003. The average life expectancy for Herbert in 1944 was 57, and 75 in 2004.

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