Last name origins & meanings:
- North German: from a Frisian personal name, a short form of any
of the Germanic personal names with hari, heri ‘army’ as
the first element (see for example Herman, Herwig).
- North German: possibly a nickname or metonymic occupational name from
Middle Low German harke ‘rake’, or a topographic name from
herk, hark ‘marsh’, ‘bog’.
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