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Sperling Family History

Sperling Name Meaning

English and German: nickname from a diminutive of Middle English sparewe, Middle High German spar(e) ‘sparrow’. Jewish (Ashkenazic): ornamental name from German Sperling ‘sparrow’.

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


Similar surnames: Sparling, Spurling, Sterling, Spring, Vierling, Herling, Werling

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Where is the Sperling family from?

You can see how Sperling families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Sperling family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Sperling families were found in the USA in 1920. In 1840 there were 5 Sperling families living in Ohio. This was about 23% of all the recorded Sperling's in the USA. Ohio had the highest population of Sperling families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Sperling surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Sperling ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Salesman and Clerk were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Sperling. 12% of Sperling men worked as a Salesman and 9% of Sperling women worked as a Clerk. Some less common occupations for Americans named Sperling were Clerk and Stenographer.

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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

  • Salesman
    12%
  • Farmer
    8%
  • Laborer
    7%
  • Clerk
    5%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Clerk
    9%
  • Teacher
    8%
  • Housewife
    8%
  • Stenographer
    7%
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Census Records

There are 25,000 census records available for the last name Sperling. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Sperling 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 Sperling. 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 10,000 military records available for the last name Sperling. For the veterans among your Sperling ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Sperling lifespan?

Between 1943 and 2004, in the United States, Sperling life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1945, and highest in 2003. The average life expectancy for Sperling in 1943 was 42, and 79 in 2004.

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