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What does Herschel mean?

Herschel Pronunciation of Herschel [her-schel] as a boys' name has its root in Yiddish, and the meaning of the name Herschel is "deer". Herschel is an alternate form of Hershel (Yiddish): from Hirsh.

Associated with: deer.


Herschel has 2 variants: Herschell and Hirschel.

8 more relations via Hershel: Hersch, Hersh, Hertzel, Herzel, Heschel, Heshel, Hirsch and Hirschl.

Creative forms:


Middle name pairings:
Herschel Rogelio (H.R.), ..

How popular is Herschel?

Herschel is a somewhat prominent first name for men (#792 out of 1220, Top 65%) and an even more prominent last name for all people (#70679 out of 150436, Top 47%). (2000 U.S. Census)

Herschel reached its apex position of #351 in the U.S. during the years 1900-1909, but is not in the Top 1000 at the moment. (2015 Birth Statistics)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Herschel name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Herschel outside U.S.

Which version is better?

with its source form and related boy names. Hershel and Herschell are the popular alternative forms of Herschel rated in the Top 2000. Adoption of these relations of Herschel was common among parents a century ago.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Herschel, Herschell, Hershel in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Herschel and related baby names outside U.S.

Similar Names

Suggested similar names are Aeriel, Arthel, Asahel, Bertel, Bethel, Brickel, Darcel, Derrel, Ferrel, Hanschen, Hansel, Harel, Harrel, Harshad, Hashem, Haskel, Hecie, Heraclio, Herakles, Herbie, Hercule, Hercules, Hermes, Hermie, Hermite, Herne, Hernlea (see Hernley), Hernlee (see Hernley), Hernley, Hernlie (see Hernley), Herve, Hervey, Herzl, Hesed, Heshi, Hevel, Hirsh, Horace, Horslea (see Horsley), Horsley, Horslie (see Horsley), Hoshea, Jerel, Jeriel, Jerrel, Jerriel, Kershet, Marcel, Marschal, Merrel, Michel, Mitchel, Pedahel, Satchel, Terrel, Ursel and Vachel. These names tend to be less commonly used than Herschel.

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