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Herron Surname Meaning

English: habitational name from Harome (North Yorkshire) from Old English (æt thǣm) hārum ‘at the (gray) stones’ dative plural of hār ‘gray stone’. English and Scottish: nickname probably for a tall thin man with long legs from Old French hairon ‘heron’ Anglo-Norman French heron Middle English heiroun heyron herne heron. Compare Hearn and Heron . English (of Norman origin): habitational name from (Le) Héron in France (Seine-Maritime). English: sometimes a variant of Hearn . Irish: shortened Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó hEaráin ‘descendant of Earán’ a personal name from a diminutive of earadh ‘fear dread distrust’. Spanish (Herrón): probably a nickname from herrón a medieval game that required participants to hit an iron disk with a central hole in a nail driven into the ground.

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


Similar surnames: Heron, Harron, Hearn, Marron, Perron, Herrin, Hernon, Hermon

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Where is the Herron family from?

You can see how Herron families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Herron family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Herron families were found in USA in 1880. In 1911 there were 190 Herron families living in Ontario. This was about 61% of all the recorded Herron's in Canada. Ontario had the highest population of Herron families in 1911.
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What did your Herron ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Farmer and Nurse were the top reported jobs for men and women in the Canada named Herron. 42% of Herron men worked as a Farmer and 18% of Herron women worked as a Nurse. Some less common occupations for Americans named Herron were Salesman and Dressmaker. .

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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
    42%
  • Labourer
    9%
  • Laborer
    8%
  • Salesman
    7%

Top Female Occupations In 1921

  • Nurse
    18%
  • Sten
    14%
  • Housekeeper
    14%
  • Dressmaker
    11%
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

There are 8,000 immigration records available for the last name Herron. 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 24,000 military records available for the last name Herron. For the veterans among your Herron ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Herron lifespan?

Between 1942 and 2004, in the United States, Herron life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1943, and highest in 2001. The average life expectancy for Herron in 1942 was 45, and 71 in 2004.

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