Ackerman Family History

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Ackerman Name Meaning

Dutch: occupational name from akkerman ‘plowman’; a frequent name in New Netherland in the 17th century. Later, it probably absorbed some cases of the cognate German and Swedish names, Ackermann and Åkerman respectively. English: from a medieval term denoting feudal status, Middle English akerman (Old English æcerman, from æcer ‘field, acre’ + man ‘man’). Typically, an ackerman was a bond tenant of a manor holding half a virgate of arable land, for which he paid by serving as a plowman. The term was also used generically to denote a plowman or husbandman. Variant of German and Jewish Ackermann.

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

Similar surnames: Ackermann, Ockerman, Akerman, Aukerman, Akkerman, Wackerman, Scherman

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Ackerman Ethnicity Estimate

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These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Ackerman. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


  • European Jewish


  • Eastern Europe & Russia


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Ackerman Family Origin

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Ackerman Family Occupations

What did your Ackerman ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, Agricultural Labourer, Labourer and Gardener were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Ackerman. The most common Ackerman occupation in the UK was Agricultural Labourer. 4% of Ackerman's were Agricultural Labourers. A less common occupation for the Ackerman family was Net Braider.

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  • Agricultural Labourer

  • Labourer

  • Gardener

  • Net Braider


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Ackerman Historical Records

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Census Record

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Passenger List

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Draft Card

There are 28,000 military records available for the last name Ackerman. For the veterans among your Ackerman ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Ackerman Life Expectancy

What is the average Ackerman lifespan?

Between 1943 and 2004, in the United States, Ackerman life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1943, and highest in 2002. The average life expectancy for Ackerman in 1943 was 38, and 76 in 2004.

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