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Hirst Family History

Hirst Name Meaning

Northern English: variant spelling of Hurst. German (Hürst): topographic name from Middle Low German hurst ‘brushwood’, ‘wild place’, cognate with English Hurst and Low German Horst.

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

Similar surnames: Horst, Hurst, Hirt, Herst, Hardt, Hirsh, Hirn, Forst, Hirsch, Hight

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Where is the Hirst family from?

You can see how Hirst families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Hirst family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Hirst families were found in United Kingdom in 1891. In 1891 there were 6,616 Hirst families living in Yorkshire. This was about 79% of all the recorded Hirst's in United Kingdom. Yorkshire had the highest population of Hirst families in 1891.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Hirst surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Hirst ancestors do for a living?

In 1939, General Labourer and Unpaid Domestic Duties were the top reported jobs for men and women in the United Kingdom named Hirst. 9% of Hirst men worked as a General Labourer and 66% of Hirst women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Hirst were Woollen Weaver 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
  • Cotton Weaver
  • Incapacitated
  • Woollen Weaver

Top Female Occupations In 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
  • Unpaid Domestic
  • Housewife
  • Private Means
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Census Records

There are 271,000 census records available for the last name Hirst. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Hirst census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger Lists

There are 13,000 immigration records available for the last name Hirst. 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 13,000 military records available for the last name Hirst. For the veterans among your Hirst ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Hirst lifespan?

Between 1943 and 2004, in the United States, Hirst life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1959, and highest in 2003. The average life expectancy for Hirst in 1943 was 44, and 80 in 2004.

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