Last name origins & meanings:
- North German and Dutch: topographic name from Middle Low German
hurst, Middle Dutch horst ‘undergrowth’, ‘brushwood’,
‘wild place’. More specifically, the term was also used to denote a
crow’s or similar large bird’s nest, a raised area in surrounding
marshland, or an area of uncleared woodland, all of which meanings
could have contributed to the surname.
- North German and Dutch: habitational
name from any of numerous places named with this word.
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