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What does Hershel mean?

Hershel Pronunciation of Hershel [her-shel] as a boys' name is pronounced HER-schul. It is of Yiddish origin, and the meaning of Hershel is "deer". From Hirsh. Herzl is often used to commemorate Theodor Herzl, an early Zionist. Football player Herschel Walker.

Associated with: deer.


Hershel has 15 variants: Hersch, Herschel, Herschell, Hersh, Hertzel, Herzel, Herzl, Heschel, Heshel, Heshel, Heshi, Hirsch, Hirschel, Hirschl and Hirsh.

1 feminine form: Hinde.

Creative forms:
(male) Harshel, Hawshel, ..

(female) Herher, Herhes, ..

Middle name pairings:
Hershel Ryker (H.R.), ..

How popular is Hershel?

Hershel is a somewhat popular first name for males (#876 out of 1220, Top 72%) but a unique surname for all people. (2000 U.S. Demographics)

Hershel reached its apex position of #421 in the U.S. during the years 1920-1929, but is not found in the list at the moment. (Top Baby Names, 2015)

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

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

Which version is better?

with its variant forms and related boy names. Herschell and Herschel are the prominent alternative forms of Hershel. These relations of Hershel reached the height of their popularity during the years 1910-1919 (median #759), but now, versions like Hershel have become somewhat dated.

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

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

Similar Names

Suggested similar names are Aeriel, Arthel, Bertel, Bethel, Derrel, Ferrel, Hansel, Harel, Harrel, Harshad, Hashem, Haskel, Herbie, Hermes, Hermie, Herne, Hernlea (see Hernley), Hernlee (see Hernley), Hernley, Herve, Hervey, Hesed, Hevel, Horslea (see Horsley), Horsley, Hoshea, Jerel, Jeriel, Jerrel, Jerriel, Kershet, Merrel, Pedahel, Terrel and Ursel. These names tend to be less frequently used than Hershel.

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