Last name origins & meanings:
- German: from Middle High German hir(t)z ‘deer’, ‘stag’;
a metonymic occupational name for a keeper of deer, a nickname for
someone thought to resemble a deer or stag, or a habitational name for
someone who lived at a house distinguished by the sign of a stag.
- Jewish (Ashkenazic): from the Yiddish male personal name
Hirsh ‘deer’, which is common because of the association of the
deer with the Hebrew personal name Naphtali, deriving from the
blessing by Jacob of his sons (Genesis 49: 21), in which Naphtali is
referred to as ‘a hind let loose’.
- Jewish (Ashkenazic): ornamental
name from German Hirsch or Yiddish hirsh ‘deer’, one of
the many Ashkenazic surnames taken from vocabulary words denoting
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