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Hearn Name Meaning

Irish: reduced Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó hEachthighearna ‘descendant of Eachthighearna’, a personal name meaning ‘lord of horses’, from each ‘horse’ + tighearna ‘master’, ‘lord’. This name is most common in southwestern Ireland. Irish: Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó hUidhrín (see Herron). English: variant of Heron 1. English: topographic name for someone who lived by a bend in a river or in a recess in a hill, both of which are meanings of Middle English herne (Old English hyrne). It may also be a habitational name from any of the various places, such as Herne in Kent and Hurn in Dorset, which are named with the Old English word. Its exact original sense and its etymology are not clear; it may be a derivative of horn ‘horn’. English: habitational name from Herne in Bedfordshire, so called from the dative plural (originally used after a preposition) of Old English hær ‘stone’.

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

Similar surnames: Horn, Dean, Bean, Shean, Heard, Haar, Mears, Kearn, Kearns, O'hearn

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Hearn Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Hearn name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Hearn. 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


  • Cameroon, Congo, & Southern Bantu Peoples


  • Eastern Europe & Russia


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Hearn Family Origin

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Hearn Family Occupations

What did your Hearn ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, the most common Hearn occupation in the UK was Agricultural Labourer. 5% of Hearn's were Agricultural Labourers. Agricultural Labourer, Labourer and Farmer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Hearn. A less common occupation for the Hearn family was Bricklayer.

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  • Agricultural Labourer

  • Labourer

  • Farmer

  • Bricklayer


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Hearn Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 164,000 census records available for the last name Hearn. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Hearn 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 13,000 immigration records available for the last name Hearn. 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 25,000 military records available for the last name Hearn. For the veterans among your Hearn ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Hearn Life Expectancy

What is the average Hearn lifespan?

Between 1942 and 2004, in the United States, Hearn life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1942, and highest in 1997. The average life expectancy for Hearn in 1942 was 32, and 72 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Hearn 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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