Herder Family History

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Herder Name Meaning

English, Dutch, and German: occupational name for a herdsman, someone who tended a herd of domestic animals, Middle English herder, Middle Dutch herder, harde(r), Middle High German herder. German: from the medieval German personal name Herdher, composed of the elements hart ‘strong’ + heri, hari ‘army’. South German: habitational name from either of two places called Herdern: near Freiburg and near Winterthal in Switzerland.

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

Similar surnames: Harder, Helder, Berner, Herzer, Reder, Herter, Heider, Lerner

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Herder Family Origin

Where is the Herder family from?

Herder Family Occupations

What did your Herder ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, the most common Herder occupation in the USA was Farmer. 33% of Herder's were Farmers. A less common occupation for the Herder family was Laborer. Farmer, Butcher and Keeping House were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Herder.

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  • Farmer

  • Butcher

  • Keeping House

  • Laborer


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

Herder Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 9,000 census records available for the last name Herder. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Herder 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 Herder. 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 2,000 military records available for the last name Herder. For the veterans among your Herder ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Herder Life Expectancy

What is the average Herder lifespan?

Between 1945 and 2004, in the United States, Herder life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1945, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Herder in 1945 was 40, and 83 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Herder

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Herder 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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