Hershey Family History

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Hershey Name Meaning

Jewish (American): Americanized form of various like-sounding Ashkenazic Jewish names, see for example Hershkowitz. English (of Norman origin): habitational name from Hercé or Hercy in Mayenne, France.

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

Similar surnames: Hemsley, Horsley, Hussey, Herscher, Henshaw, Horsey, Hessey, Hensley

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Hershey Family Origin

Where is the Hershey family from?

Hershey Family Occupations

What did your Hershey ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, a less common occupation for the Hershey family was Retired Farmer. The most common Hershey occupation in the USA was Farmer. 50% of Hershey's were Farmers. Farmer, Keeping House and Laborer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Hershey.

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  • Farmer

  • Keeping House

  • Laborer

  • Retired Farmer


Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Hershey ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Hershey Historical Records

What Hershey family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 3,000 census records available for the last name Hershey. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Hershey census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 642 immigration records available for the last name Hershey. 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 Card

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

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Hershey Life Expectancy

What is the average Hershey lifespan?

Between 1949 and 2004, in the United States, Hershey life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1949, and highest in 2002. The average life expectancy for Hershey in 1949 was 45, and 77 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Hershey

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Hershey ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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