Meaning and Name Origin
Hershel \he(r)-shel\ as a boys' name is pronounced HER-schul. It is of Yiddish origin, and the meaning of Hershel is "deer". Herzl is often used to commemorate Theodor Herzl, an early Zionist. Football player Herschel Walker.
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. Census)
Charted below is the birth name popularity of Hershel for boys. Hershel reached its apex position of #461 in the U.S. during the years 1910-1919, but is not found in the list at the moment. (2014 Birth Statistics)
Below is a charted analysis of the popularity of the boy name Hershel and related names. The only other prominent alternative form of Hershel appearing in the Top 1000 is Herschel. These boy names reached the height of their popularity during the years 1910-1919 and have become much less popular since, with the versions Hershel and Herschel becoming less trendy. (2014 Birth Statistics)