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Herring Name Meaning

English, Scottish, Dutch, and German: metonymic occupational name for a herring fisher or for a seller of the fish, Middle English hering, Dutch haring, Middle High German hærinc. In some cases it may have been a nickname in the sense of a trifle, something of little value, a meaning which is found in medieval phrases and proverbial expressions such as ‘to like neither herring nor barrel’, i.e. not to like something at all. German: habitational name from Herringen in Westphalia. Dutch: from a personal name, a derivative of a Germanic compound name with the first element hari, heri ‘army’. Jewish (Ashkenazic): variant spelling of Hering.

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

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Herring Family Origin

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Herring Family Occupations

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  • Farmer

    43%
  • Laborer

    10%
  • Keeping House

    6%
  • Farming

    5%

In 1880, a less common occupation for the Herring family was Farming. Farmer, Laborer and Keeping House were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Herring. The most common Herring occupation in the USA was Farmer. 43% of Herring's were Farmers.

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Herring Life Expectancy

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