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Heritage Family History

Heritage Name Meaning

English: status name for someone who inherited land from an ancestor, rather than by feudal gift from an overlord, from Middle English, Old French (h)eritage ‘inherited property’ (Late Latin heritagium, from heres ‘heir’).

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

Similar surnames: Armitage, Durivage, Harnage, Hering, Herridge, Lestage, Heringer

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Where is the Heritage family from?

You can see how Heritage families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Heritage family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Heritage families were found in the UK in 1891. In 1840 there were 19 Heritage families living in New Jersey. This was about 58% of all the recorded Heritage's in the USA. New Jersey had the highest population of Heritage families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Heritage surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Heritage ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Clerk were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Heritage. 22% of Heritage men worked as a Farmer and 13% of Heritage women worked as a Clerk. Some less common occupations for Americans named Heritage were Clerk 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

  • Farmer
  • Laborer
  • Salesman
  • Clerk

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Clerk
  • Secretary
  • Stenographer
  • Teacher
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What Heritage family records will you find?

Census Records

There are 31,000 census records available for the last name Heritage. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Heritage 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 Heritage. 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 3,000 military records available for the last name Heritage. For the veterans among your Heritage ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Heritage lifespan?

Between 1943 and 2004, in the United States, Heritage life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1943, and highest in 1994. The average life expectancy for Heritage in 1943 was 35, and 78 in 2004.

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