Herod Name Meaning

English (chiefly Nottinghamshire): nickname from the personal name Herod (Greek Herodes, apparently derived from heros ‘hero’), borne by the king of Judea (died ad 4) who at the time of the birth of Christ ordered that all male children in Bethlehem should be slaughtered (Matthew 2: 16–18). In medieval mystery plays Herod was portrayed as a blustering tyrant, and the name was therefore given to someone one who had played the part, or who had an overbearing temper. English: variant of Harold (1 or 2). Greek: shortened form of Herodiadis, a patronymic from the classical personal name Herodion. This was the name of a relative of St. Paul and an early Bishop of Patras, venerated in the Orthodox Church. Herodes ‘Herod’ is also found in Greek as a nickname for a violent man, but this is less likely to be the source of the surname.

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

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Herod Family Origin

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Herod Family Occupations

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  • Farmer

    44%
  • Laborer

    8%
  • Keeping House

    6%
  • Farm Laborer

    4%

In 1880, a less common occupation for the Herod family was Farm Laborer. Farmer, Laborer and Keeping House were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Herod. The most common Herod occupation in the USA was Farmer. 44% of Herod's were Farmers.

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Between 1948 and 2004, Herod life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1948, and highest in 1990. The average life expectancy for Herod in 1948 was 45, and 75 in 2004.

Source: Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Herod

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