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Usher Name Meaning

English, Scottish, and Irish: occupational name for a janitor or gatekeeper, Middle English usher (Anglo-Norman French usser, Old French ussier, huissier, 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 souce of the surname. This surname has been recorded in Ireland since the 14th century, and has sometimes been used as an equivalent of Hession. 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 ©2013, Oxford University Press


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 the UK in 1891. In 1911 there were 71 Usher families living in Ontario. This was about 44% of all the recorded Usher's in Canada. Ontario had the highest population of Usher families in 1911.
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What did your Usher ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Farmer and Stenographer were the top reported jobs for men and women in the CA named Usher. 33% of Usher men worked as a Farmer and 28% of Usher women worked as a Stenographer. Some less common occupations for Americans named Usher were Laborer and Teacher.

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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
    33%
  • Student
    8%
  • Labourer
    7%
  • Laborer
    7%

Top Female Occupations in 1921

  • Stenographer
    28%
  • S Teacher
    19%
  • Income
    19%
  • Teacher
    19%
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Census Records

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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 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 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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