English and Scottish: from a personal name of Greek origin, which was in use in Cornwall and elsewhere till the 19th century. Hercules is the Latin form of Greek Herakles, meaning ‘glory of Hera’ (the queen of the gods). It was the name of a demigod in classical mythology, who was the son of Zeus, king of the gods, by a human woman. His outstanding quality was his superhuman strength. Scottish (Shetland): from a personal name adopted as an Americanized form of Old Norse Hákon (see Haagensen).

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You can see how Hercules families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Hercules family name was found in the USA, the UK, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Hercules families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there was 1 Hercules family living in Ohio. This was 100% of all the recorded Hercules's in the USA. Ohio had the highest population of Hercules families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Hercules surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

In 1940, Laborer and Housework were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Hercules. 28% of Hercules men worked as a Laborer and 34% of Hercules women worked as a Housework. Some less common occupations for Americans named Hercules were New Worker and Stenographer.

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There are 3,000 census records available for the last name Hercules. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Hercules 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 745 immigration records available for the last name Hercules. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the USA, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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There are 2,000 military records available for the last name Hercules. For the veterans among your Hercules ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Between 1959 and 2004, in the United States, Hercules life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1975, and highest in 1962. The average life expectancy for Hercules in 1959 was 56, and 79 in 2004.

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