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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


Similar surnames: Heron, Herold, Harold, Hero, Hood, Herd, Pero, Zero, Held, Vero

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You can see how Herod families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Herod family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Herod families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 5 Herod families living in Tennessee. This was about 21% of all the recorded Herod's in the USA. Tennessee had the highest population of Herod families in 1840.
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What did your Herod ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Herod. 19% of Herod men worked as a Farmer and 21% of Herod women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Herod were Farm Laborer and Laundress.

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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
    19%
  • Laborer
    18%
  • Farming
    7%
  • Farm Laborer
    7%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housewife
    21%
  • Housekeeper
    10%
  • Maid
    9%
  • Laundress
    6%
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Passenger Lists

There are 1,000 immigration records available for the last name Herod. 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 Herod. For the veterans among your Herod ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Herod lifespan?

Between 1948 and 2004, in the United States, 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.

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