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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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Where is the Herring family from?

You can see how Herring families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Herring family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Herring families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1891 there were 738 Herring families living in London. This was about 24% of all the recorded Herring's in the UK. London had the highest population of Herring families in 1891.
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What did your Herring ancestors do for a living?

In 1939, General Labourer and Unpaid Domestic Duties were the top reported jobs for men and women in the UK named Herring. 10% of Herring men worked as a General Labourer and 69% of Herring women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Herring were Dairy Farmer and Private Means.

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

Top Male Occupations in 1939

  • General Labourer
  • Farmer
  • Builders Labourer
  • Dairy Farmer

Top Female Occupations in 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
  • Unpaid Domestic
  • Housewife
  • Private Means
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Passenger Lists

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 Cards

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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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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