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Herod Name Meaning

English (chiefly Nottinghamshire): nickname from the personal name Herod (Greek Herodes, apparently derived from heros ‘hero’), borne by the king of Judea (died ad 4) who at the time of the birth of Christ ordered that all male children in Bethlehem should be slaughtered (Matthew 2: 16–18). In medieval mystery plays Herod was portrayed as a blustering tyrant, and the name was therefore given to someone one who had played the part, or who had an overbearing temper. English: variant of Harold (1 or 2). Greek: shortened form of Herodiadis, a patronymic from the classical personal name Herodion. This was the name of a relative of St. Paul and an early Bishop of Patras, venerated in the Orthodox Church. Herodes ‘Herod’ is also found in Greek as a nickname for a violent man, but this is less likely to be the source of the surname.

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

Similar surnames: Heron, Herold, Harold, Hero, Hood, Herd, Pero, Zero, Held, Vero

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Herod Family Origin

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Herod Family Occupations

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In 1939, General Labourer and Unpaid Domestic Duties were the top reported jobs for men and women in the UK named Herod. 4% of Herod men worked as a General Labourer and 50% of Herod women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Herod were Incapacitated and Housekeeper

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Top Male Occupations in 1939

  • General Labourer
  • Methodist Minister
  • Granite Floor Labourer Heavy Work
  • Incapacitated

Top Female Occupations in 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
  • Domestic Servant
  • Household Duties
  • Housekeeper

*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Herod Historical Records

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Census Record

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Passenger List

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Draft Card

There are 2,000 military records available for the last name Herod. For the veterans among your Herod ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Herod Life Expectancy

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Between 1948 and 2004, in the United States, Herod life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1948, and highest in 1990. The average life expectancy for Herod in 1948 was 45, and 75 in 2004.

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