Heard Family History

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Heard Name Meaning

English (chiefly southwest): occupational name for a tender of animals, normally a cowherd or shepherd, from Middle English herde (Old English hi(e)rde).

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

Similar surnames: Hard, Sheard, Hearn, Beard, Head, Heald, Herd, Guard, Huard, Herod

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Heard Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Heard name?

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

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Cameroon, Congo, & Southern Bantu Peoples


  • Benin/Togo


  • Germanic Europe


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Heard Family Origin

Where is the Heard family from?

Heard Family Occupations

What did your Heard ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, Agricultural Labourer, Farmer and Carpenter were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Heard. A less common occupation for the Heard family was Mason. The most common Heard occupation in the UK was Agricultural Labourer. 6% of Heard's were Agricultural Labourers.

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  • Agricultural Labourer

  • Farmer

  • Carpenter

  • Mason


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

Heard Historical Records

What Heard family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 155,000 census records available for the last name Heard. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Heard 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 10,000 immigration records available for the last name Heard. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the UK, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Card

There are 31,000 military records available for the last name Heard. For the veterans among your Heard ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Heard Life Expectancy

What is the average Heard lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Heard life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 2001. The average life expectancy for Heard in 1940 was 61, and 71 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Heard 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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