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Herrick Name Meaning

English: from the Old Norse personal name Eiríkr, composed of the elements eir ‘mercy’, ‘peace’ + rík ‘power’. The addition in English of an inorganic H- to names beginning with a vowel is a relatively common phenomenon. It is possible that this name may have swallowed up a less common Germanic personal name with the first element heri, hari ‘army’. Dutch: from a Germanic personal name composed of the elements heri, hari ‘army’ + ric ‘power’, or from an assimilated form of Henrick, a Dutch form of Henry. Irish: Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó hEirc ‘descendant of Erc’, a personal name meaning ‘speckled’, ‘dark red’, or ‘salmon’. There was a saint of this name. The surname is born by families in Munster and Ulster, where it has usually been changed to Harkin.

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

Similar surnames: Merrick, Henrick, Derrick, Gerrick, Herrin, Herwick, Hedrich, Kerrick

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Where is the Herrick family from?

You can see how Herrick families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Herrick family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Herrick families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 178 Herrick families living in New York. This was about 34% of all the recorded Herrick's in the USA. New York had the highest population of Herrick families in 1840.
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What did your Herrick ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Stenographer were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Herrick. 13% of Herrick men worked as a Farmer and 8% of Herrick women worked as a Stenographer. Some less common occupations for Americans named Herrick were Clerk and Clerk.

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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
  • Laborer
  • Salesman
  • Clerk

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Stenographer
  • Teacher
  • Housewife
  • Clerk
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Passenger Lists

There are 7,000 immigration records available for the last name Herrick. 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 17,000 military records available for the last name Herrick. For the veterans among your Herrick ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Herrick lifespan?

Between 1943 and 2004, in the United States, Herrick life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1943, and highest in 2001. The average life expectancy for Herrick in 1943 was 37, and 78 in 2004.

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