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TypeSurname (from nickname, from occupation & from given name)
Scriptsהירשׁל Yiddish

Meaning & History

Diminutive form of HIRSCH (1) or HIRSCH (2). A famous bearer was the British-German astronomer William Herschel (1738-1822), as well as his sister Caroline Herschel (1750-1848) and son John Herschel (1792-1871), also noted scientists.

Related Names

VariantsHersch, Hirsch, Hirschel German Hersch, Hirsch, Hirschel Jewish
Other Languages & CulturesHjort Danish Hart English Hjort Swedish


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Entry updated May 31, 2018   Contribute