Herbst Family History

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Herbst Name Meaning

German: nickname from Middle High German herb(e)st ‘harvest’. The modern German word Herbst has come to mean ‘Fall’, the time of year when the harvest takes place. The exact application of the nickname is not clear; perhaps it referred to a peasant who had certain obligations to his master at the time of the harvest, or it may have been acquired for some other anecdotal reason which is now lost. Jewish (Ashkenazic): ornamental name from modern German Herbst ‘Fall’, perhaps reflecting the season when the name was first taken or given. In some cases, it seems to have been one of the group of names referring to the seasons that were distributed at random by government officials when surnames became compulsory. Compare Fruhling, Winter, and Summer.

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

Similar surnames: Herdt, Herst, Ernst, Herbster, Hurst, Herb, Hengst, Harfst, Herbert

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Herbst Ethnicity Estimate

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These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Herbst. 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


  • European Jewish


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Herbst Family Origin

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Herbst Family Occupations

What did your Herbst ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, a less common occupation for the Herbst family was Carpenter. Farmer, Laborer and Keeping House were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Herbst. The most common Herbst occupation in the USA was Farmer. 16% of Herbst's were Farmers.

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  • Farmer

  • Laborer

  • Keeping House

  • Carpenter


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Herbst Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 33,000 census records available for the last name Herbst. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Herbst 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 8,000 immigration records available for the last name Herbst. 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 20,000 military records available for the last name Herbst. For the veterans among your Herbst ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Herbst Life Expectancy

What is the average Herbst lifespan?

Between 1944 and 2004, in the United States, Herbst life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 1998. The average life expectancy for Herbst in 1944 was 24, and 78 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Herbst 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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