SOURCE: Nickname, Occupation & Given Name
USAGE: German, Jewish
OTHER SCRIPTS: הירשׁל (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

VARIANTS: Hersch, Hirsch, Hirschel (German), Hersch, Hirsch, Hirschel (Jewish)
OTHER LANGUAGES/CULTURES: Hjort (Danish), Hart (English), Hjort (Swedish)


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Entry updated May 31, 2018