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Heron Name Meaning

English and French (Héron): nickname for a tall, thin person resembling a heron, Middle English heiroun, heyron (Old French hairon, of Germanic origin). English: habitational name from Harome in North Yorkshire, named with Old English harum, dative plural of hær ‘rock’, ‘stone’. This surname has evidently become confused with 1. Irish: reduced form of O’Heron, an Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó hUidhrín ‘descendant of Uidhrín’, a personal name from a diminutive of odhar ‘dun’, ‘swarthy’. Irish: reduced Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó hEaráin (see Haren). Irish: reduced Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Giolla Chiaráin ‘son of the servant of (Saint) Ciarán’ (see Kieran).

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

Similar surnames: Herron, Peron, Herod, Huron, Hron, Hernon, Geron, Beron, Hebron

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Where is the Heron family from?

You can see how Heron families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Heron family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Heron families were found in United Kingdom in 1891. In 1840 there were 11 Heron families living in Ohio. This was about 22% of all the recorded Heron's in USA. Ohio had the highest population of Heron families in 1840.
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What did your Heron ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Heron. 18% of Heron men worked as a Laborer and 9% of Heron women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Heron were Machinist and Nurse. .

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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
  • Farmer
  • Clerk
  • Machinist

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Housewife
  • Maid
  • Stenographer
  • Nurse
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Passenger Lists

There are 14,000 immigration records available for the last name Heron. 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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There are 7,000 military records available for the last name Heron. For the veterans among your Heron ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Heron lifespan?

Between 1948 and 2004, in the United States, Heron life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1957, and highest in 1996. The average life expectancy for Heron in 1948 was 44, and 77 in 2004.

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