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Herr Name Meaning

German and Jewish (Ashkenazic): from Middle High German herre, German Herr ‘master’, ‘lord’; a nickname for someone who gave himself airs and behaved in a lordly manner, or an occupational name for someone in the service of the lord of the manor. As a Jewish surname it is often ornamental. Breton: variant of Her. Irish: variant spelling of Hare 4.

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


Similar surnames: Herd, Her, Herb, Hehr, Hertz, Kerr, Zerr, Herre, Herz, Hoerr

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Where is the Herr family from?

You can see how Herr families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Herr family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Herr families were found in USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 101 Herr families living in Pennsylvania. This was about 78% of all the recorded Herr's in USA. Pennsylvania had the highest population of Herr families in 1840.
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What did your Herr ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Herr. 17% of Herr men worked as a Farmer and 10% of Herr women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Herr were Clerk and Housekeeper. .

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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
    17%
  • Laborer
    11%
  • Salesman
    6%
  • Clerk
    4%

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Housewife
    10%
  • Stenographer
    9%
  • Teacher
    8%
  • Housekeeper
    6%
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Census Records

There are 59,000 census records available for the last name Herr. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Herr 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 8,000 immigration records available for the last name Herr. 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 33,000 military records available for the last name Herr. For the veterans among your Herr ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Herr lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Herr life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1945, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Herr in 1940 was 48, and 81 in 2004.

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