Herman Family History

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Herman Name Meaning

English, French, Dutch, Slovenian, Croatian, and Jewish (Ashkenazic): from a Germanic personal name composed of the elements heri, hari ‘army’ + man ‘man’. As a Jewish surname this is no doubt an adoption of the German surname Hermann. Respelling of the German cognate Hermann.

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

Similar surnames: Harman, Hermann, Berman, German, Helman, Hermon, Derman, Perman

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Herman Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Herman name?

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


  • European Jewish


  • Eastern Europe & Russia


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Herman Family Origin

Where is the Herman family from?

Herman Family Occupations

What did your Herman ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, a less common occupation for the Herman family was Carpenter. The most common Herman occupation in the USA was Farmer. 25% of Herman's were Farmers. Farmer, Laborer and Keeping House were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Herman.

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  • Farmer

  • Laborer

  • Keeping House

  • Carpenter


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

Herman Historical Records

What Herman family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 264,000 census records available for the last name Herman. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Herman 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 46,000 immigration records available for the last name Herman. 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 43,000 military records available for the last name Herman. For the veterans among your Herman ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Herman Life Expectancy

What is the average Herman lifespan?

Between 1942 and 2004, in the United States, Herman life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1952, and highest in 1999. The average life expectancy for Herman in 1942 was 39, and 75 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Herman 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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