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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. This surname is also found in France (Alsace and Lorraine) Poland Czechia Croatia and Slovenia. In part it is a Gottscheerish (i.e. Gottschee German) surname originating from the Kočevsko region in Lower Carniola Slovenia (see Kocevar ). Jewish (Ashkenazic): artificial name from 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 2nd edition, 2022

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

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You can see how Herbst families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Herbst family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Herbst families were found in USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 12 Herbst families living in Pennsylvania. This was about 80% of all the recorded Herbst's in USA. Pennsylvania had the highest population of Herbst families in 1840.
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What did your Herbst ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Stenographer were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Herbst. 15% of Herbst men worked as a Farmer and 7% of Herbst women worked as a Stenographer. Some less common occupations for Americans named Herbst were Clerk and Bookkeeper. .

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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
  • Salesman
  • Clerk

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Stenographer
  • Clerk
  • Teacher
  • Bookkeeper
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Passenger Lists

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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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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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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