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Hearn Name Meaning

Irish (Waterford and Kilkenny): shortened Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó hEachthighearna ‘descendant of Eachthighearna’ a personal name meaning ‘lord of horses’ from each ‘horse’ + tighearna ‘master lord’. English: topographic name from Middle English herne hirne or hurne from Old English hyrne ‘nook or corner of land’ (i.e. an out-of-the-way secluded place) or ‘bend of a river’. The name may also be habitational from Herne (Kent) Hurn (Dorset) or Hirn (Hampshire) with the same etymology as the topographic term. In post-medieval English pronunciation the three forms have converged and the spellings become interchangeable. Hurn may sometimes have been pronounced and spelled the same as the surname Horn . English: habitational name from Herne in Tottington Bedfordshire so called from the dative plural (originally used after a preposition) of Old English hær ‘stone’ i.e. ‘at the stones’. English: variant of Herron .

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022

Similar surnames: Horn, Dean, Bean, Shean, Heard, Haar, Mears, Kearn, Kearns, O'hearn

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Where is the Hearn family from?

You can see how Hearn families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Hearn family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Hearn families were found in United Kingdom in 1891. In 1891 there were 1,146 Hearn families living in London. This was about 27% of all the recorded Hearn's in United Kingdom. London had the highest population of Hearn families in 1891.
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What did your Hearn 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 Hearn. 9% of Hearn men worked as a General Labourer and 71% of Hearn women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Hearn were Retired and Housewife. .

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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
  • Builders Labourer
  • Incapacitated
  • Retired

Top Female Occupations In 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
  • Unpaid Domestic
  • Incapacitated
  • Housewife
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There are 25,000 military records available for the last name Hearn. For the veterans among your Hearn ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Hearn lifespan?

Between 1942 and 2004, in the United States, Hearn life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1942, and highest in 1997. The average life expectancy for Hearn in 1942 was 32, and 72 in 2004.

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