Herd Family History

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Herd Name Meaning

Scottish and English: variant spelling of Heard. Dutch: variant of Herder. Dutch: from Middle Dutch hert, herte ‘hart’, ‘stag’; probably a nickname for someone who was fleet of foot, or a habitational name for someone who lived at a house distinguished by the sign of a deer.

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

Similar surnames: Hard, Herr, Held, Herdt, Head, Heird, Herod, Harp, Heyd, Hird

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Herd Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Herd name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Herd. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


  • Eastern Europe & Russia


  • Norway


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Herd Family Origin

Where is the Herd family from?

Herd Family Occupations

What did your Herd ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, the most common Herd occupation in Canada was Farmer. 34% of Herd's were Farmers. Farmer, Laborer and Labourer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Herd. A less common occupation for the Herd family was Blacksmith.

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  • Farmer

  • Laborer

  • Labourer

  • Blacksmith


Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Herd ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Herd Historical Records

What Herd family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 71,000 census records available for the last name Herd. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Herd census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 7,000 immigration records available for the last name Herd. 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 Card

There are 7,000 military records available for the last name Herd. For the veterans among your Herd ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Herd Life Expectancy

What is the average Herd lifespan?

Between 1942 and 2004, in the United States, Herd life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1955, and highest in 1988. The average life expectancy for Herd in 1942 was 44, and 77 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Herd ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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