Heron Family History

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Heron Name Meaning

English and French (Héron): nickname for a tall, thin person resembling a heron, Middle English heiroun, heyron (Old French hairon, of Germanic origin). English: habitational name from Harome in North Yorkshire, named with Old English harum, dative plural of hær ‘rock’, ‘stone’. This surname has evidently become confused with 1. Irish: reduced form of O’Heron, an Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó hUidhrín ‘descendant of Uidhrín’, a personal name from a diminutive of odhar ‘dun’, ‘swarthy’. Irish: reduced Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó hEaráin (see Haren). Irish: reduced Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Giolla Chiaráin ‘son of the servant of (Saint) Ciarán’ (see Kieran).

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

Similar surnames: Herron, Peron, Herod, Huron, Hron, Hernon, Geron, Beron, Hebron

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Heron Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Heron name?

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


  • Eastern Europe & Russia


  • Norway


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Heron Family Origin

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Heron Family Occupations

What did your Heron ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, the most common Heron occupation in the UK was Coal Miner. 4% of Heron's were Coal Miners. A less common occupation for the Heron family was Annuitant. Coal Miner, Labourer and Farmer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Heron.

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  • Coal Miner

  • Labourer

  • Farmer

  • Annuitant


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

Heron Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 84,000 census records available for the last name Heron. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Heron 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 14,000 immigration records available for the last name Heron. 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 7,000 military records available for the last name Heron. For the veterans among your Heron ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Heron Life Expectancy

What is the average Heron lifespan?

Between 1948 and 2004, in the United States, Heron life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1957, and highest in 1996. The average life expectancy for Heron in 1948 was 44, and 77 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Heron 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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