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Usher Name Meaning

English: occupational name from Middle English usher ‘usher doorkeeper’ Old French (le) ussier huissier Anglo-Norman French usser from Late Latin ustiarius a derivative of classical Latin ostium ‘door gate’. The term was also used in the Middle Ages of a court official charged with accompanying a person of rank on ceremonial occasions and this may be a partial source of the surname. This name has been in Ireland since 1302 when John le Ussher was constable of Dublin Castle and has sometimes been used as an equivalent of Hesson . Jewish (from Poland and Ukraine): from a southern Yiddish pronunciation of the Yiddish male personal name Osher (Hebrew Asher ).

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

Similar surnames: Asher, Osher, Lusher, Ascher, Uhr, Oster, Rusher, Shen, Ufer, Esser

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Where is the Usher family from?

You can see how Usher families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Usher family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Usher families were found in United Kingdom in 1891. In 1891 there were 452 Usher families living in Durham. This was about 14% of all the recorded Usher's in United Kingdom. Durham had the highest population of Usher families in 1891.
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What did your Usher 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 Usher. 10% of Usher men worked as a General Labourer and 71% of Usher women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Usher were Builders Labourer 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
  • Bricklayer
  • Incapacitated
  • Builders Labourer

Top Female Occupations In 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
  • Unpaid Domestic
  • Incapacitated
  • Housewife
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Census Records

There are 99,000 census records available for the last name Usher. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Usher 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 11,000 immigration records available for the last name Usher. 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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There are 10,000 military records available for the last name Usher. For the veterans among your Usher ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Usher lifespan?

Between 1944 and 2004, in the United States, Usher life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1950, and highest in 2003. The average life expectancy for Usher in 1944 was 37, and 77 in 2004.

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