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Herbert Name Meaning

German, Dutch, English, and French: from a Germanic personal name composed of the elements heri, hari ‘army’ + berht ‘bright’, ‘famous’. In Britain, this Old French name, introduced by the Normans, reinforced the less common Old English cognate Herebeorht. The surname was taken to Ireland after the Anglo-Norman invasion and in the 16th century. Jewish (Ashkenazic): from the German personal name.

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


Similar surnames: Helbert, Hergert, Seibert, Hulbert, Hilbert, Hebert, Sebert, Herbel

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Where is the Herbert family from?

You can see how Herbert families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Herbert family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Herbert families were found in the UK in 1891. In 1911 there were 453 Herbert families living in Ontario. This was about 38% of all the recorded Herbert's in Canada. Ontario had the highest population of Herbert families in 1911.
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What did your Herbert ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Farmer and Stenographer were the top reported jobs for men and women in the CA named Herbert. 27% of Herbert men worked as a Farmer and 16% of Herbert women worked as a Stenographer. Some less common occupations for Americans named Herbert were Cultivateur and Operator.

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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 1921

  • Farmer
    27%
  • Labourer
    12%
  • Laborer
    6%
  • Cultivateur
    4%

Top Female Occupations in 1921

  • Stenographer
    16%
  • Farmer
    9%
  • Student
    8%
  • Operator
    8%
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Census Records

There are 403,000 census records available for the last name Herbert. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Herbert 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 48,000 immigration records available for the last name Herbert. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in Canada, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

There are 49,000 military records available for the last name Herbert. For the veterans among your Herbert ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Herbert lifespan?

Between 1944 and 2004, in the United States, Herbert life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1949, and highest in 2003. The average life expectancy for Herbert in 1944 was 57, and 75 in 2004.

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