Given Name HERSHEL

GENDER: Masculine
OTHER SCRIPTS: הירשׁל (Yiddish)

Meaning & History

Yiddish diminutive of HIRSH. As a non-Jewish American name (somewhat common around the end of the 19th century), it was likely inspired by the German surname HERSCHEL, borne for instance by the British-German astronomer William Herschel (1738-1822).
VARIANTS: Herschel (American), Herschel, Heshel, Hirshel (Yiddish)


currently out of the US top 1000, diminutives
Entry updated May 31, 2018