Last name origins & meanings:
- German, Dutch, English, and French: from a Germanic personal
name composed of the elements heri, hari ‘army’ +
berht ‘bright’, ‘famous’. In Britain, this Old French name,
introduced by the Normans, reinforced the less common Old English
cognate Herebeorht. The surname was taken to Ireland after the
Anglo-Norman invasion and in the 16th century.
(Ashkenazic): from the German personal name.
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