Herdman Family History

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Herdman Name Meaning

English (chiefly Northumbria): occupational name for a tender of animals, normally a cowherd or shepherd, from Middle English herde + man ‘man’. The surname is also found in Ireland, where it dates back to around the 14th century. Scottish: status name from Old English hiredman ‘retainer’, denoting a member of a lord’s household and followers, the hired. German (Herdmann): occupational name for a tender of animals (see Herder).

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

Similar surnames: Hardman, Headman, Herman, Holdman, Ferdman, Heldman, Henman, Hudman

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Herdman Family Origin

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Herdman Family Occupations

What did your Herdman ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, a less common occupation for the Herdman family was Labourer. The most common Herdman occupation in the UK was Farmer. 9% of Herdman's were Farmers. Farmer, Coal Miner and Joiner were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Herdman.

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  • Farmer

  • Coal Miner

  • Joiner

  • Labourer


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

Herdman Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 23,000 census records available for the last name Herdman. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Herdman 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 3,000 immigration records available for the last name Herdman. 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 2,000 military records available for the last name Herdman. For the veterans among your Herdman ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Herdman Life Expectancy

What is the average Herdman lifespan?

Between 1945 and 2004, in the United States, Herdman life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1955, and highest in 1967. The average life expectancy for Herdman in 1945 was 41, and 79 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Herdman

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Herdman 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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