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Kirsch Name Meaning

German: topographic name from Middle High German kirse ‘cherry (tree)’. It may also have been a metonymic occupational name for a grower or seller of cherries or a nickname for a man with a ruddy complexion. Jewish (Ashkenazic): ornamental name from German Kirsche ‘cherry’, one of the many names taken from words for trees and other features of the natural world. The surname is from either the German or the northeastern or western Yiddish form of the word. Compare Karsh.

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


Similar surnames: Hirsch, Kirch, Karsch, Krech, Kersch, Karch, Kresch, Kapsch, Liesch

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Where is the Kirsch family from?

You can see how Kirsch families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Kirsch family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Kirsch families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 2 Kirsch families living in New York. This was 100% of all the recorded Kirsch's in the USA. New York had the highest population of Kirsch families in 1840.
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What did your Kirsch ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Kirsch. 14% of Kirsch men worked as a Farmer and 10% of Kirsch women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Kirsch were Clerk and Teacher.

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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
    14%
  • Laborer
    11%
  • Salesman
    10%
  • Clerk
    5%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housewife
    10%
  • Maid
    8%
  • Clerk
    8%
  • Teacher
    7%
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

There are 8,000 immigration records available for the last name Kirsch. 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 12,000 military records available for the last name Kirsch. For the veterans among your Kirsch ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Kirsch lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Kirsch life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1955, and highest in 2003. The average life expectancy for Kirsch in 1940 was 52, and 76 in 2004.

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