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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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Where is the Herder family from?

You can see how Herder families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Herder family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Herder families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 5 Herder families living in New Jersey. This was about 56% of all the recorded Herder's in the USA. New Jersey had the highest population of Herder families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Herder surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Herder ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Stenographer were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Herder. 20% of Herder men worked as a Laborer and 21% of Herder women worked as a Stenographer. Some less common occupations for Americans named Herder were Carpenter and Waitress.

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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
    20%
  • Farmer
    14%
  • Salesman
    9%
  • Carpenter
    6%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Stenographer
    21%
  • Clerk
    10%
  • Housewife
    10%
  • Waitress
    7%
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Census Records

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 Lists

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 Cards

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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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.

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