Type Surname (from nickname, from occupation & from given name)
Usage German, Jewish
Scripts הירשל(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)


Entry updated April 16, 2019