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Herring Name Meaning

English (London) Dutch and German: metonymic occupational name for a herring fisher or for a seller of the fish or perhaps for someone who habitually ate herring from Middle English hering (Old English hǣring hēring) Dutch haring Middle High German hærinc. In some cases it may have been a nickname in the sense of a trifle something of little value a meaning which is found in medieval phrases and proverbial expressions such as ‘to like neither herring nor barrel’ i.e. not to like something at all. German: habitational name from Herringen in Westphalia. German and Jewish (Ashkenazic): variant of Hering .

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

Similar surnames: Hering, Herling, Harring, Herrin, Herrick, Helling, Heuring, Herrig

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Where is the Herring family from?

You can see how Herring families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Herring family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Herring families were found in USA in 1880. In 1911 there were 72 Herring families living in Ontario. This was about 38% of all the recorded Herring's in Canada. Ontario had the highest population of Herring families in 1911.
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What did your Herring ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Farmer and Saleslady were the top reported jobs for men and women in the Canada named Herring. 51% of Herring men worked as a Farmer and 100% of Herring women worked as a Saleslady. .

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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
  • Labourer
  • Carpenter
  • Clerk

Top Female Occupations In 1921

  • Saleslady
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Passenger Lists

There are 12,000 immigration records available for the last name Herring. 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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There are 35,000 military records available for the last name Herring. For the veterans among your Herring ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Herring lifespan?

Between 1942 and 2004, in the United States, Herring life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 2000. The average life expectancy for Herring in 1942 was 65, and 70 in 2004.

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