Herring Family History

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Herring Name Meaning

English, Scottish, Dutch, and German: metonymic occupational name for a herring fisher or for a seller of the fish, Middle English hering, Dutch haring, Middle High German hærinc. In some cases it may have been a nickname in the sense of a trifle, something of little value, a meaning which is found in medieval phrases and proverbial expressions such as ‘to like neither herring nor barrel’, i.e. not to like something at all. German: habitational name from Herringen in Westphalia. Dutch: from a personal name, a derivative of a Germanic compound name with the first element hari, heri ‘army’. Jewish (Ashkenazic): variant spelling of Hering.

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

Similar surnames: Hering, Herling, Harring, Herrin, Herrick, Helling, Heuring, Herrig

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Herring Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Herring name?

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


  • Benin/Togo


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Herring Family Origin

Where is the Herring family from?

Herring Family Occupations

What did your Herring ancestors do for a living?

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

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  • Farmer

  • Agricultural Labourer

  • Labourer

  • Coal Miner


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

Herring Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 200,000 census records available for the last name Herring. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Herring 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 12,000 immigration records available for the last name Herring. 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 35,000 military records available for the last name Herring. For the veterans among your Herring ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Herring Life Expectancy

What is the average Herring lifespan?

Between 1942 and 2004, in the United States, Herring life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 2000. The average life expectancy for Herring in 1942 was 65, and 70 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Herring 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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