What does Hershel mean?
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. (Top 1000 Baby Names Statistics, 2014)
Herschel is the only other prominent alternative form of Hershel. These boy names reached the height of their popularity during the years 1910-1919 (usage of 0.5725%) and have become much less popular since, with the versions Herschel and Hershel becoming less trendy. Below is a charted analysis of the usage of the boy name Hershel and related names. (Top 1000 Baby Names Statistics, 2014)