First name origin & meaning:
First name variations: Herschel, Hersh, Hersch, Hirsh, Hirsch, Heshel, Hershey, Hersey, Herschell, Herzel, Herzl, Heschel, Hirschel, Hirschl, Hershel
Last name origins & meanings:
- German and Dutch: from a personal name derived from a short
form of the various Germanic compound names with the first element
hard ‘hardy’, ‘brave’, ‘strong’.
- German: nickname for a
stout-hearted or kind-hearted individual, from Middle High German
- Jewish (Ashkenazic): ornamental name from
German Herz ‘heart’, Yiddish harts.
(Ashkenazic): from the Yiddish personal name Herts, which is
from Middle High German hir(t)z ‘deer’, ‘hart’ (see
- Dutch: variant of Hirsch.
- Danish and Swedish: probably of German origin.
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