First name origin & meaning:
English: Small fish
Last name origins & meanings:
- English, Scottish, Dutch, and German: metonymic occupational
name for a herring fisher or for a seller of the fish, Middle English
hering, 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.
- Dutch: from a personal name, a derivative of a Germanic compound
name with the first element hari, heri ‘army’.
- Jewish (Ashkenazic): variant spelling of Hering.
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