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Herman Family History

Herman Name Meaning

English French Walloon Dutch Flemish Hungarian Polish Czech Slovak Slovenian and Croatian: from a personal name composed of the ancient Germanic elements heri hari ‘army’ + man ‘man’. Compare Harman 5. Americanized form of German Hermann a cognate of 1 above. English: perhaps a shortened form of Herniman a topographic name for a ‘dweller (in a) nook or corner of land’ from Middle English herne hirne hurne + man. See also Hearn . English: possibly an occupational name from Middle English hir(e)man herman or hurmon ‘hired servant or retainer’ though medieval examples of the surname have yet to be found. Jewish (Ashkenazic): variant of Hermann .

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


Similar surnames: Harman, Hermann, Berman, German, Helman, Hermon, Derman, Perman

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Where is the Herman family from?

You can see how Herman families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Herman family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Herman families were found in USA in 1920. In 1891 there were 342 Herman families living in London. This was about 31% of all the recorded Herman's in United Kingdom. London had the highest population of Herman families in 1891.
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What did your Herman ancestors do for a living?

In 1939, Tailor and Unpaid Domestic Duties were the top reported jobs for men and women in the United Kingdom named Herman. 7% of Herman men worked as a Tailor and 65% of Herman women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Herman were Cabinet Maker and Incapacitated. .

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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

  • Tailor
    7%
  • Builders Labourer
    7%
  • Carpenter
    6%
  • Cabinet Maker
    6%

Top Female Occupations In 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
    65%
  • Unpaid Domestic
    4%
  • Housewife
    3%
  • Incapacitated
    3%
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Census Records

There are 264,000 census records available for the last name Herman. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Herman 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 46,000 immigration records available for the last name Herman. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in Australia, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

There are 43,000 military records available for the last name Herman. For the veterans among your Herman ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Herman lifespan?

Between 1942 and 2004, in the United States, Herman life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1952, and highest in 1999. The average life expectancy for Herman in 1942 was 39, and 75 in 2004.

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